Patients who suffer from outbreaks of hives can seek treatment with the board-certified dermatologists and providers practicing at Glendale Dermatology, located in Glendale, California.
Hives, which are sometimes called urticaria, are raised welts or wheals with clearly defined edges. Hives are usually an allergic reaction to medicine, food, or animal dander that forms on the skin. Hives are known to change shape or come and go, growing larger or multiplying. Hives turn white when pressure is applied. They are itchy and uncomfortable, but not dangerous unless present in or around the mouth and accompanied by swelling in the throat that caused difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
Hives come in several varieties. Angioedema occurs when the welts or swelling take place on the face, near the eyes and the lips. Acute urticaria is hives that last for less than 6 weeks. Acute urticaria is often caused by foods such as nuts, milk, eggs, fish, and chocolate as well as certain medications, insect bites or extreme temperatures. Chronic urticaria is hives that last for more than 6 weeks and it is difficult to diagnose the cause of the outbreak. When hives last for several weeks and are not responsive to histamine treatment, they are considered chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU). CIU is typically treated win an injectable prescription of Xolair.
It is challenging to fully diagnose the allergy responsible for hives because there are no specific tests for urticaria. The providers at Glendale Dermatology will collect a comprehensive medical history and perform a thorough physical examination to determine the best methods to manage these symptoms. They treat each individual patient with unique treatment plans customized to address his or her specific needs. They will prescribe Xolair, a drug that reduces the allergic reaction, to patients who will benefit from the medication. The providers usually suggest avoiding known irritants which may have caused outbreaks of hives in the past. Patients are also recommended to avoid hot showers and tight clothing, especially directly following an outbreak. The providers may prescribe topical creams or ointments to relieve the itching and burning associated with hives. Relieving the symptoms should prevent scratching which can break the skin and spread infection.
At Glendale Dermatology, we accept PPO plans of the following insurances. We do not accept any EPO plans, HMO, or Covered California plans at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We gladly accommodate patients without insurance who wish to pay out of pocket with discounted prices.
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