Actions to Take If You Break Out in Hives

Hives, also called urticaria, are an uncomfortable and dramatic reaction that the body has to an allergen, stress, or another trigger. Hives may itch, burn, or sting, and can appear anywhere on the body for a few hours or even a few days.

Try to Identify Your Trigger

Many different things can trigger a hive outbreak, and some people have more than one trigger. If you and your allergy specialist can identify the triggers of your hive outbreaks, you can avoid your triggers and reduce the number of outbreaks that you have. Some of the most common triggers are allergies to pollen, pet dander, and shellfish, and prolonged exposure to heat. Some less common triggers are exercise, stress, daylight, food additives, and cold temperatures.

Monitor Your Hive Symptoms and Try At-Home Treatment

Monitoring your hive symptoms will help you determine how long your outbreaks usually last, and which hive treatments are most effective. If you’re unable to visit an allergy specialist or you would rather try at-home hive treatments first, you can apply a cool compress to the affected skin, wear loose fitting clothing, spend time in a cool room, and take over-the-counter antihistamines. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, you’ll need to visit an allergy doctor.

Visit an Allergy Doctor for Hive Treatment

If your hives do not disappear after 24 hours, you should visit an allergy doctor for hive treatment. An allergy doctor can offer immunotherapy, which is a very effective allergy treatment for hives. He can also help you remain comfortable while you wait for your symptoms to subside.

If you’re in need of hive treatment near Blue Bell, Philadelphia, or the surrounding areas, come see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Our certified allergists and immunologists can perform allergy testing to identify your hive triggers, and then provide customized hive treatment at any of our convenient locations throughout Pennsylvania, including in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville. To learn more about our allergy services, call us today at 1-800-86COUGH.