What Are Hives and How Can They Be Controlled?

Hives can become a chronic problem for patients in the area of Colorado, and can be incredibly frustrating to deal with. Hives can result in an itching rash that breaks out at unexpected times. This condition, also known as angioedema, is easier to treat than patients may realize. The team at Asarch Center for Dermatology is pleased to offer patients solutions to improve their skin and keep hives from reoccurring.

Treatments for hives

In most cases, patients with a mild case of hives may not need ongoing treatment as many of them clear up on their own. However, for patients who need relief from intense itching and discomfort, some treatment options are available for consideration. They may include medications for:

  • Itching – anti-itch creams and products can help reduce itching, swelling, and overall discomfort experienced with hives.
  • Anti-inflammation – anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to reduce swelling and itching. A common medication is an oral corticosteroid such as prednisone that can provide relief.
  • Immune system suppression – if anti-itch and anti-inflammatory medications are ineffective against a patient’s hives, immune system suppression medications may be prescribed to calm one’s overactive immune system and reduce itching.

Which treatment is right for me?

In most cases, our doctors will choose the most conservative treatment option for patients to consider for improving their skin and reducing hives. For some patients, trail and error may be necessary. However, once patients have found an effective medication and treatment, they can reduce their problems associated with hives continually. Additionally, once patients are able to determine the allergen that causes the hives, the flare-ups can be controlled and even eliminated. However, patients with chronic hives may be unable to pinpoint the cause and may need to continue to rely on medications given by their dermatologist for assistance in control.

Are you having trouble controlling chronic hives?

Speak to the team at Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser, and Mohs Surgery today in Colorado to discuss the options for hives control and healthier skin solutions. With several locations around the areas of Castle Rock, Englewood, Holyoke, and Lakewood, Colorado, patients have convenient access to their needs. Call (303) 761-7797 to schedule your appointment today!

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