Phoenix Treatment For Urticaria/Hives
San Tan Allergy & Asthma
As noted from the AAAAI, hives are an inflammation of the skin triggered when the immune system releases histamine. This causes small blood vessels to leak, which leads to swelling in the skin. Swelling in deep layers of the skin is called angioedema. There are two kinds of urticaria, acute and chronic. Acute urticaria occurs after eating a particular food or coming in contact with a particular trigger. It can also be triggered by non-allergic causes such as heat or exercise, as well as medications, foods or insect bites. Chronic urticaria is rarely caused by specific triggers and so allergy tests are usually not helpful. Chronic urticaria can last for many months or years. Although they are often uncomfortable and sometimes painful, hives are not contagious.
At San Tan Allergy & Asthma we focus on treatments to improve the quality of life for patients with hives and do all we can to minimize their occurrence or eradicate them altogether. “Skin Allergy Overview.” www.aaaai.org. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
Common Symptoms & Causes of Hives
Hives are not at all uncommon, and knowing the symptoms and causes is helpful for determining the severity of your condition. These symptoms include batches of red or skin colored welts, welts that vary in size, color, and shape, severe itching, painful swelling, and any persistent symptoms that last six or more weeks. This can be caused by skin reactions that are triggered by heat or cold, stress, sunlight, exercise, alcohol or food, scratching, infections, insects or parasites, pressure on the skin, and even medications. You should visit your doctor if any of these symptoms occur.
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Diagnosing & Treating Hives
When visiting San Tan Allergy & Asthma with concerns of hives, there are different treatment options which your provider will discuss with you. First, your doctor will do a physical exam so as to try and understand your symptoms, possible allergens you may have come into contact with, and anything else that can help them diagnose your hives. If this physical exam sheds light on something that might be caused by an underlying problem, you may have to undergo various testing to find the source of the issues. Testing may include skin testing or a blood test.
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