Stop the itch in Barrington area with treatment for hives
You may associate hives with unsightly red blotches or flesh-colored lumps that itch. While the condition is common and can affect up to a quarter of us at some point in our lives, it is rare for hives to be life threatening. The related condition of angioedema can produce swelling around the mouth and eyes that is so deep and intense it may cause the tongue and throat to expand so much that the airway is blocked.
Regardless of if your hives are infrequent and minor, or chronic and intense, we can connect you with a treatment near Barrington to have you feeling comfortable in your own skin in no time.
Getting to know hives
Hives have many causes. To determine a course of treatment, we must first identify what is triggering your symptoms.
Acute hives often occur in younger people, and can last a few days to several weeks.
Chronic hives are at fault when conditions persist for at least six weeks. Some cases can last months or years.
It’s believed allergies are more frequently a factor in chronic cases. Hives can also be caused by immune system disorders like lupus, and genetic conditions related to abnormal levels of blood proteins.
Common allergic culprits behind hives include foods like shellfish, peanuts, eggs, milk, and medications including penicillin and aspirin, airborne allergens such as animal dander and pollen, and latex or other substances the skin may contact.
Hives can clear up naturally, but if your symptoms are persistent and/or very uncomfortable, we can work toward minimizing your exposure through prevention and avoiding the allergen where possible.
Other treatment for hives
OTC or prescribed antihistamines can also provide relief from itching and swelling by blocking those chemicals or histamines that set off the allergic reaction.
More severe symptoms may require Drs. Noga Askenazi, Eugenia Hahn, and Dipika Patel to prescribe corticosteroids, which suppress immune system activity, thereby reducing inflammation. Prednisone and cortisone are among the most common types of these steroids.
If you have severe or recurrent attacks, we may recommend you carry a pen-like device to administer a dose of epinephrine or adrenalin in emergencies, until first responders arrive.
For severe symptoms or allergies that haven’t subsided with other types of treatment, we may recommend allergy shots or immunotherapy. Our team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois will expose your body to increasing amounts of the suspect allergen. With time, your immune system learns to tolerate the substance it once fought against.
There are still other causes of hives, including stress and exercise. Let’s find out what is causing your itch and bumps. The sooner we find a cause, the sooner you can get relief. Contact our specialists to get treatment for hives in the Barrington area at 847 888 8802.