Hives Treatment in Northern Virginia, VA
Urticaria (or hives) is a condition characterized by itchy spots and blotches in the skin which may form due to exposure to triggers such as certain foods or medications. Although hives usually appear as part of an allergic response or as a side effect of some medications, they may also be a symptom of other medical conditions.
Symptoms of Urticaria (Hives)
See a doctor if urticaria symptoms persist for several days. This may be indicative of potentially riskier diseases. Common symptoms of urticaria include:
- Redness or swelling of the skin
- Itchiness and pain in the affected areas
Treating Urticaria (Hives)
Mild cases of urticaria may not always require treatment. Antihistamines are thought to be effective in treating hives. In more severe cases (often when hives interfere with respiratory function), corticosteroids are often prescribed. Corticosteroids may reduce symptoms such as swelling, redness, and itching. If both antihistamines and corticosteroids prove to be ineffective in treating urticaria, autoimmune medications are often prescribed to reduce immune system hyperactivity.
Preventing Urticaria (Hives)
Hives may persist or recur if you are continuously exposed to certain triggers. Urticaria may be prevented by limiting exposure to these triggers. This may mean keeping a clean house, frequently bathing pets to reduce dander, and using air filters to defend against particles which may induce an allergic reaction.
Common remedies found to be effective in dealing with hives include using over-the-counter-antihistamines for regular symptom relief, wearing natural cotton clothing, and soaking affected areas with cool wet compresses.
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