Family Allergy & Asthma Center
Allergists & Immunologists located in Beaumont, TX
An estimated 1 in 5 Americans will experience hives at some point in their life. If your hives are chronic or painful, the medical team at Family Allergy & Asthma Center offers comprehensive treatment at their Beaumont, Texas, office. Whether you need allergy testing to identify the cause of hives or medications to manage your hives, board-certified allergy specialist Russell K. Perry, MD, and the Family Allergy & Asthma Center team can help. Learn more about options for treating hives by calling the office or by requesting a consultation online today.
Hives Q & A
What are hives?
Hives are a common skin condition that causes red, swollen bumps or welts to form on the skin. The bumps often develop suddenly and can appear anywhere on your body, causing intense itching, burning, and swelling.
Typically, hives develop as a side effect of an allergic reaction when you’re exposed to an allergen. Common substances that trigger hives include:
- Insect bites
- Food allergies
- Certain medications
- Temperature changes
You can also break out into hives if you perspire a lot or when you’re in an intensely stressful situation. If you have a family history of hives or allergies, you could be at increased risk of developing hives too.
However, hives aren’t just caused by allergies. Many people develop hives for no reason at all, a condition known as idiopathic urticaria.
How are hives diagnosed?
The Family Allergy & Asthma Center medical team offers on-site allergy testing for environmental and food allergies.
Testing usually involves blood work or skin tests that require injections of small amounts of potential allergens into your skin under the supervision of a trained allergist.
You might also need to eliminate certain foods from your diet and slowly add them back in in order to identify food allergies.
How are hives treated?
If your hives are the result of an allergy, your Family Allergy & Asthma Center provider can create a treatment plan that uses medications or immunotherapy to prevent a hives outbreak and other allergy symptoms.
The Family Allergy & Asthma Center team also offers biologic medications that target specific antibodies involved in an allergic reaction. The team customizes biologic therapy to meet your specific needs and is a successful long-term treatment for many that have chronic hives.
Your Family Allergy & Asthma Center provider can also provide resources to help you prevent hives like stress reduction techniques and necessary changes to your skin care routine, laundry soaps, and other chemicals you use around your home.
If you need solutions to treat or prevent hives, schedule a consultation at Family Allergy & Asthma Center today by calling the office or by using the online booking feature.