standard-title Hives and Angioedema: Tips to Remember

Hives and Angioedema: Tips to Remember

If you have red, bumpy, scaly, itchy or swollen skin, is it because of a skin allergy?

There are several types of allergic skin conditions. They are often itchy and red and may appear scaly, bumpy or swollen. An allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist, is the most qualified physician to treat allergic diseases. At Midwest Allergy in Columbus, Ohio we can determine which condition you have and develop a treatment plan to help you feel better.  Our diverse locations, Chillicothe, Hillard, Columbus, Newark, Zanesville, and Hillsboro, allow us to reach out to the majority of central Ohio.

While skin allergies are unpleasant and troublesome, there are steps you can take to treat them.

Hives and Angioedema
Urticaria (hives) are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that can range in size and appear anywhere on your body. Most common are acute cases, where food or drug allergies are triggers. These hives usually go away within a few days. In cases of chronic hives, people may suffer for months to years.

Angioedema is a swelling of the deeper layers of the skin that sometimes occurs with hives. Angioedema is usually not red or itchy. The areas often involved are the eyelids, lips, tongue, hands and feet.

Food or drug reactions are a common cause of acute hives and/or angioedema. Viral or bacterial infection can also trigger hives in both adults and children. Physical urticaria are hives resulting from a non-allergic source: rubbing of the skin, cold, heat, physical exertion or exercise, pressure and direct exposure to sunlight.

If the cause of your hives can be identified, you should avoid that trigger. With acute hives, some drugs or foods may take days to leave the body, so your allergist may prescribe antihistamines to relieve your symptoms until that happens.

Healthy Tips
• If you have red, bumpy, scaly, itchy or swollen skin, you may have a skin allergy.
• Urticaria (hives) are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that can range in size and appear anywhere on your body. Angioedema is a swelling of the deeper layers of the skin that often occurs with hives.
• When certain substances come into contact with your skin, they may cause a rash called contact dermatitis.
• The red, scaly, itchy rash often affecting the face, elbows and knees is called atopic dermatitis (eczema). If you have eczema, avoid scratching or rubbing your rash to prevent an infection.
• An allergist can help figure out which allergic skin condition you have and take steps to treat the skin allergy.

Feel Better. Live Better.
An allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist, is a pediatrician or internist with at least two additional years of specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of problems such as allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases and the evaluation and treatment of patients with recurrent infections, such as immunodeficiency diseases.

The right care can make the difference between suffering with an allergic disease and feeling better. By visiting Midwest Allergy at one of our many locations in and near Columbus, Ohio, you can expect an accurate diagnosis, a treatment plan that works and educational information to help you manage your disease.

Midwest Allergy has board-certified allergists in Columbus, Chillicothe, Hilliard, Hillsboro, Mansfield, Newark, Worthington and Zanesville serving those cities and surrounding areas in Ohio.

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