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Professional skin care can resolve hives in no longer than a few weeks. Some individuals, however, suffer from chronic hives that last longer than six weeks, or intermittently recurring hives. Regardless of how long you’ve had the red or white patches, a breakout of hives should receive dermatological care. Your dermatologist can discuss the possible triggers that could be causing your hives.

Allergic Reactions

When you come into contact with a substance to which you are allergic, your body releases chemicals into the bloodstream, including histamine. This results in hives, also called urticaria, which causes symptoms like swelling, itching, and skin discoloration. There are many possible allergens that can trigger hives. The dermatologist at your skin care center may be able to determine your triggers, but in some cases the exact cause cannot be determined. Some of the most common allergens that can trigger hives include pollen, latex, and food such as nuts, fish, and eggs. Some people may also experience a reaction to medications, such as amoxicillin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

Infections and Illnesses

Some individuals may find themselves at their local skin care centers because of an illness or infection. An autoimmune disorder may sometimes trigger hives, such as lupus or autoimmune thyroid disease. Viral infections like mononucleosis and hepatitis B, as well as bacterial infections like urinary tract and gallbladder infections may also cause hives. In addition to seeing your dermatologist to treat hives, it’s important to rule out any serious, underlying causes that may require treatment by your doctor.

Other Considerations

Physical urticaria is one type of skin reaction that may be caused by other factors such as sun exposure, heat, cold, and pressure. These hives may even be caused by exercising and sweating. Other people may develop hives after they firmly scratch the skin. Sometimes, hives may be a physical manifestation of emotional stress.

There are many potential triggers for a hives breakout, and it can be quite difficult to pinpoint the factors that affect you. Visit our skin care center today to begin treating your hives. To schedule an appointment with a dermatologist at Arlington Dermatology, call 847-392-5440.

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