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What Are Some Dermatological Cures for Hives?

Dealing with hives on your skin can be a real hassle. Between learning what caused them and choosing the right treatment, you may need dermatological help. Here’s what you need to know about hives as well as a few treatments that can cure them.

What Causes Hives?

The first thing you need to understand before seeking out treatment for hives is what actually caused them. Hives are a form of skin rash that occurs as a result of an external or internal irritant. One of the most common causes for hives is stress. Stress hives, as the name suggests, are the result of high stress levels. Fortunately, they’ll usually clear up when stress levels decrease. Other common causes of hives include allergic reactions to foods or other substances, tight clothing, contact dermatitis, and even exercise. It’s also possible that an underlying medical condition is causing your hives. Once you figure out what the underlying cause of your hives is, you and your dermatologist will have a much easier time deciding on a cure for them.

How Can I Get Rid of Hives Fast?

When you want to learn how to get rid of hives, the first and easiest thing you can do is eliminate contact with whatever irritant was causing them in the first place. For instance, if you discover that your laundry detergent was causing your hives, then removing that detergent from your laundry routine is going to be the best way to make your hives go away for good. In some instances, it’s a little bit tougher to make your hives disappear. Stress hives, for instance, tend to appear in instances of high stress. While it’s impossible to avoid stressful situations for your entire life, it’s possible to develop healthy coping mechanisms to help reduce stress levels in your day-to-day life. If you’re having trouble making your hives go away, it could be time to see your dermatologist.

Can a Dermatologist Help with Hives?

Yes! If you’re struggling with hives, your dermatologist is your best resource for a cure. Let’s review a few common dermatological cures for hives.

Antihistamines – Antihistamines can be purchased as over-the-counter medications, but a prescription will be much more concentrated. Doxepin is a stronger antihistamine that your dermatologist might prescribe.

Corticosteroids – If your hives are severe enough, a corticosteroid might be the best treatment. Prednisone or another topical corticosteroid can help reduce inflammation and itch.

Light Therapy – If antihistamines aren’t getting the job done, then light therapy might be a good option. This treatment will need to be performed several times a week for several weeks in order to be the most effective.

Anti-Itch Cream – Any topical anti-itch cream can help mitigate itchiness and inflammation from hives. Your dermatologist may prescribe one if you’re dealing with a mild case of hives.

Dealing with hives can be a challenge, but it’s important to know that your dermatologist is here to help. If you’re struggling with hives, don’t hesitate to set up a consultation with our team at North Pacific Dermatology today.

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