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What is Causing My Hives?

Don’t let these itchy red welts get you down! Learn how to combat this problem from your Odessa dermatologists!

It often seems like a bout of hives comes out of nowhere. Before you know it, you are covered in red, swelling and itchy bumps. It can be hivesannoying or even downright embarrassing. From the office of your Odessa, TX dermatologists Dr. Robert Chappell, Jr. and Dr. Ritchie Rosso, find out what could be causing your hives and what you can do to prevent it.

There are many issues that could be triggering your hives including:

So, what should you do to prevent hives outbreaks?

The most obvious thing to do is to avoid the triggers that you know are responsible for causing hives. If you are unsure of the culprit, it’s time to talk to our Odessa skin doctor, who can help you determine the root cause so that you can avoid it whenever possible.

And if you do end up coming in contact with one of these triggers, here are some ways to handle your hives:

Try taking an antihistamine, whether over-the-counter or a prescription. Our dermatologists can determine whether or not your symptoms will require a stronger antihistamine than one you can get at your local drugstore. Antihistamines are the most common medication for treating hives.

If you have a severe case of hives, the best treatment option may be to take prednisone, a steroid that can help reduce your symptoms. But because this is a steroid, you will only take this for a short amount of time.

If your body reacts by not only developing hives but also swelling of the mouth or difficulty breathing, then you may be prescribed an injectable epinephrine (better known as an EpiPen®) that you will carry on you at all times should you come in contact with one of these triggers and need medication right away.

Even though hives are innocuous they can still be frustrating. If you are experiencing frequent outbreaks, then it’s time you turned to our skin care expert in Odessa. Laser and Aesthetic Center is here to provide you with the best in comprehensive skin treatments.

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