Treatment Options for Hives
Hives are the result of an allergic reaction within the body. These raised, welt-like bumps or wheals on the skin can appear suddenly and are often uncomfortable or itchy. If you experience hives, it is a sign that you have an allergy. See your King of Prussia allergy doctor for a diagnosis so you can begin effective treatment for your hives.
The most common treatment, especially for mild cases of hives, is antihistamine medications. These medications address symptoms such as itching to improve patient comfort by reducing the effects of histamine, which is produced by the body when it encounters an allergic trigger. Although antihistamine medications will not combat the actual cause of the hives, they will ensure you are comfortable until your body naturally reduces the production of histamine.
In more severe or chronic cases of hives, anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended. Oral corticosteroids can be used for comfort over the short term but should be avoided for long-term treatment because they can produce undesirable side effects. Other anti-inflammatory medications may also be suggested by your allergist if you experience consistent or recurring hives.
Dapsone is an antibacterial medication originally developed for the treatment of leprosy. However, dapsone has also proven effective in the treatment of chronic hives, particularly in patients whose symptoms are resistant to antihistamine medications. Dapsone not only stops the growth of bacteria, it also reduces inflammation and swelling to improve comfort and reduce the appearance of and discomfort associated with hives.
Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.