Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Urticaria Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
People who have urticaria, also known as hives, can receive treatment at Clear Lake Dermatology in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area. Urticaria affects people for a number of reasons, with the most common being an allergic reaction. It can also be brought about by insect stings, exposure to sunlight, or diseases such as hepatitis, mononucleosis, or strep throat. Symptoms range from mild to severe and in some cases may require medication.
Urticaria is characterized by patches of red skin that can suddenly appear anywhere on the body. In some cases, these patches may appear to be clusters of tiny bumps. These bumps may itch and eventually become swollen. Hives can also appear inside the mouth or around the lips, in which case breathing may become difficult.
Many instances of urticaria disappear within a few hours after an outbreak while others may last for days or weeks. The duration of an outbreak can depend on the cause, as hives caused by medication is normally longer lasting. For many people, stress can also bring about an onset of hives, and this type of rash normally disappears quickly. Identifying the triggering cause of urticaria is important so that the patient can avoid the irritant and prevent future outbreaks.
People who repeatedly have outbreaks of urticaria may need to undergo a series of skin tests to determine the exact cause. In the meantime, our doctors may prescribe medication to help relieve the itching and burning sensation that results from hives. Patients who regularly experience outbreaks in the mouth may need to take preventative medicine to avoid getting hives again.
Once the cause is identified, hives can usually be managed by avoiding the trigger. Some patients may experience outbreaks even after doing so, in which case more than one cause of urticaria may be possible. Should this occur, another series of skin tests might be needed to identify the subsequent causes.