Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas
Allergy and Asthma Specialists located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX
Hives, medically known as urticaria, can be a warning sign of a serious allergic reaction. Whether you currently have hives or seem to get them regularly, book an evaluation at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas as soon as possible. With locations conveniently located in Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Killeen, and Round Rock, Texas, you have a clinic close by. Book your appointment online, or call your nearest office directly.
Hives Q & A
Why do I get hives?
Hives (urticaria) are a skin reaction that leads to red, swollen welts all over your body. They’re your body’s reaction to fighting off a foreign invader, even if that substance isn’t really harmful. You can have hives due to:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Insect stings
- Food or medication allergies
- Extreme hot or cold temperatures
- Environmental allergens, such as pollen
In some cases, hives develop as a reaction to medical conditions. Immune system disorders, lupus, certain types of cancer, and thyroid conditions are often linked to causing hives. Because hives can be a red flag of a serious, potentially life-threatening reaction, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as they develop.
What are the symptoms of hives?
Hives are known for their infamous large, red bumps. You can get one or two hives in a certain area or patches of hives all over your body. In either case, symptoms are similar.
Depending on what’s triggering your hives and the severity of your reaction, you may also experience:
- Intense itchiness
- Skin swelling
- Patches of welts
Hives can vary in size, from about an inch to several inches across. Since hives can also be associated with allergic reactions, such as difficulty breathing, the team at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas spends time evaluating you to determine the cause and design a personalized treatment plan.
How are hives treated?
After running through allergy testing (if needed) or other types of evaluations, your dedicated practitioner at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas can get you started on hive treatment. To treat your hives, you may need:
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Anti-itch creams
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Immune-suppressing drugs
If your hives are associated with serious allergies, you might also need to keep an epinephrine injection with you. This self-administered shot can improve breathing, stimulate your heart rate, and ultimately save your life if you have hives because of a dangerous allergic reaction.
Find out what’s causing your hives and get started on treatment by booking an exam at Allergy and Asthma Clinic of Central Texas. Schedule online or over the phone.