Do you have painful or itchy bumps on your skin without any apparent cause? These are usually hives, and there are a lot of different things that can bring them about. With so many potential causes, it can be difficult to know whether or not to see a doctor; and, if so, what type of doctor. Here is what you need to know about hives, how they are diagnosed, and where to start.
Potential causes of hives
Hives can often be an allergic reaction, but not always. Sometimes hives are caused by mental, physical, or emotional stress. People with chronic illnesses or chronic pain may get hives, as well as people who have high anxiety or panic attacks. Being in a stressful life situation, such as an abusive relationship, can also cause hives. So how do you know what is causing your hives and how to treat them?
Getting a diagnosis
You really should see a dermatologist or allergist to determine the cause of your hives. To determine if there is an allergic reaction causing the hives, your allergist will perform a skin patch test to determine what potential allergens your skin reacts to negatively. They can then narrow down your diagnosis and provide you with treatment options.
If you are ready to find the cause of your hives and stop them for good, contact us today to schedule your appointment.