Hives Specialist

Allergy and Asthma Consultants

Allergy and Immunology located in Atlanta, Cumming, Duluth and Roswell, GA

Hives can be concerning, itchy, and unsightly, but the compassionate experts of Allergy and Asthma Consultants in Atlanta, Cumming, Roswell, and Duluth, Georgia, has solutions to relieve your hives. You might be wondering what’s causing your chronic or recurring skin reactions, and you might be unsure where to turn next. Rest assured, the hard-working experts of Allergy and Asthma Consultants are here to help. They offer quality diagnostic testing and treatment methods, from allergy skin testing to immunotherapy, antihistamines, and even the powerful biologic medication Xolair®. Learn more and book your appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.

Hives Q & A

What are hives?

Hives are itchy, red welts that are the result of a skin reaction. Hives might also be called urticaria. The welts can vary in size.

If you have welts for more than six weeks that frequently recur over months or years, you have chronic hives. Chronic hives can be especially problematic and interfere with sleep and daily activities.

If you have hives, you might notice batches of red or skin-colored welts anywhere on your body, itching, and painful swelling or angioedema.

When should I see a doctor about my hives?

If you have severe hives or chronic hives that are recurring and interfering with your daily life, you should visit Allergy and Asthma Consultants for a consultation and evaluation.

At Allergy and Asthma Consultants, your provider performs valuable testing and works hard to determine what’s triggering or causing your hives.

What causes hives?

The welts that come with hives show up when certain cells in your body release histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream. It isn’t always clear why people have chronic hives. Some of the potential triggers of this skin reaction include:

  • Pain medications
  • Parasites or insects
  • Infection
  • Scratching
  • Cold or heat
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Sunlight
  • Food or alcohol
  • Pressure on the skin, for example, from a tight waistband

In some instances, chronic hives might be associated with underlying illness, such as thyroid disease.

How are hives treated?

At Allergy and Asthma Consultants, your provider performs a physical exam and asks questions to determine what’s causing your signs and symptoms. You might be asked to keep a diary of your activities, any medications, what you eat and drink, and other helpful factors and information.

Your provider might also suggest additional testing, such as blood tests or skin tests.

Your provider might recommend treating your symptoms with over-the-counter antihistamines or certain prescription medicines, such as oral H1 antihistamines, anti-inflammatory medications, antacids, and oral steroids. In more severe cases, the powerful biologic medication Xolair® could be the right solution.

If you have hives and you’re searching for exceptional personalized care, call Allergy and Asthma Consultants, or schedule online today.