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Who gets Hives?

Hives are a skin reaction, usually to an allergen. Since people of any and all ages can have reactions to irritants, people of any and all ages can experience hives. If you have severe or many allergies, you may be more likely to experience hives. Fortunately, as frustrating any even painful as hives can be, there's no need to continue suffering from them.

What are the causes of Hives?

In many cases, hives occur as a result of an allergic reaction. This can be an allergic reaction to nearly anything, from a food you were exposed to accidentally to something irritating in your environment. Non-allergic causes are possible as well, and can result from bug bites, sun exposure, and more.

When you've encountered something that causes hives, it's because that irritant has stimulated your body's histamine response. Histamine is a hormone that, when released, causes a reaction in your body that's intended to help get rid of the irritant. It often, however, causes unpleasant side effects like swelling, redness, itchiness, and hives.

What are common treatments for Hives?

The best way to treat hives is to make sure they don't happen. Removing the irritant that caused the reaction removes the cause, meaning, hopefully, there won't be further episodes of hives. However, this isn't always possible, and figuring out the trigger can be a long and tricky process!

Elias Dermatology is proud to offer options for treating hives when they do occur. There are several treatments available. Oral corticosteroids can help reduce the reaction, providing relief. In situations of chronic hives, drugs like Xolair can be used. For severe reactions, injections of epinephrine or cortisone  are a good option.

You're not alone if you're suffering from hives. The team at Elias Dermatology is your partner in finding relief. We're here to help you find answers and, ultimately, relief.

How long does it take to treat the Hives?

When taking antihistamine or biologic drugs to prevent and treat hives, it can take a few days for them to take effect. The work best with regular use, so it's important to follow the treatment plan set for you by your doctor.

Sticking with whatever treatments you're prescribed for several days to weeks is crucial when treating hives. The discomfort is only temporary, and with regular adherence to your treatment plan, you'll be feeling like your old self in no time!

The Elias Dermatology Difference

Dr. Matthew Elias and Dr. Merrick Elias, and the entire staff at Elias Dermatology® are experienced in medical and cosmetic treatments for both men and women, utilizing a pain-free approach to ensure that patients receive the best results with the highest level of comfort. Elias Dermatology® is at the forefront in the treatment and prevention of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails, providing the highest quality care for patients throughout South Florida in the areas of Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, and Davie. Elias Dermatology® specializes in a variety of skincare treatments from skin cancer and acne, to the state of the art cosmetic treatments.

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