For residents of Port Richey and Trinity, Florida who suffer from hives/urticaria, Dr. Jaime Kratz has treatment options that can provide relief. Many patients have benefited from his treatments and can attest to his expertise in the field.
What is Hives/Urticaria?
Hives and urticaria refer to the same outbreak of red, often swollen, bumps or patches on the skin that appear suddenly. These blotches may appear anywhere on the body, including the arms, legs, torso, head and mouth, and they can even manifest on the tongue or inside the throat. Most of the time, the spots are itchy, but they may also sting or burn.
What Causes Hives/Urticaria?
The most common cause of hives/urticaria is allergies, such as allergies to foods, bug bites, latex, and medicines. Allergies are not the only cause, though. Infections, immunodeficiencies, and even sunlight can cause them. When they set on suddenly and go away quickly, it’s often easy to narrow down a list of potential causes. It may be more difficult to determine the cause when hives/urticaria that last for an extended period.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Hives/Urticaria?
Chronic or reoccurring hives/urticaria can often be managed with antihistamines or other medications. An allergist, who is a medical doctor that specializes in allergic reactions like hives, can usually help patients identify the cause of their hives/urticaria and recommend a medical treatment if necessary.
Who Can Benefit from Treatment for Hives/Urticaria?
Anyone who has multiple episodes of hives/urticaria may want to see an allergist. If the hives are manifesting in the mouth or throat, it’s especially important to seek immediate medical attention to prevent any swelling from blocking the airway. Even patients who only have mild hives/urticaria on their skin, though, may want to see an allergist who can help lessen the symptoms.