Hives

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Glenwood Springs, CO & Avon, CO

Hives are irritating and uncomfortable. They can also be serious. When it comes to hives, you need the expertise of a board-certified allergist and immunologist. That’s where Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., comes in. With locations in Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Aspen, Frisco, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the practice offers high-quality, comprehensive care for hives and other skin issues. Find out how they can help you by calling today or booking a consultation online.

Hives Q & A

What are hives?

Hives are a skin rash. Sometimes mistaken for bug bites, hives cause red or skin-colored bumps and itching that ranges from mild to severe.

A bout of hives can go away quickly or last for weeks or months. Although hives aren’t life-threatening, any swelling related to hives that makes it harder for you to breathe needs immediate emergency care.

Certain factors, such as exercise, stress, and alcoholic beverages, can worsen the itching. Scratching also makes itching worse. It’s a good idea to seek care from an allergist if you think you have hives.

What are the symptoms of hives?

Hives can vary in size, from pen tip-sized bumps to larger-sized welts. With hives, you may have:

  • Swelling
  • Itchy bumps that are skin-colored or red
  • “Blanching” (the center of a red hive turns white when you press down on it)

Hives can appear on any area of your body. The bumps and welts may move around, change shape, disappear, and reappear over short periods of time.

How are hives diagnosed?

Your practitioner diagnoses hives by asking a series of questions. You’ll be asked about:

  • Your medical history
  • Your family’s medical history
  • If you’re around pets or other animals
  • Foods you may have ingested
  • Medications you’ve taken recently
  • Chemicals or substances you’re exposed to at home and work

If your hives are possibly linked to a food allergy, your practitioner will ask you about your diet. You may want to keep track of what you eat to see if a specific food or ingredient triggers hives.

Your practitioner may also perform skin tests, such as a scratch allergy test or contact allergy test, along with blood or urine tests to pinpoint what’s causing your hives.

How are hives treated?

Your provider works with you to determine the triggers of your hives so you can avoid them. You may benefit from medications like antihistamines to ease your itching, redness, bumps, and welts.

Xolair is an injection available to treat hives that are more chronic.

If your outbreak of hives is severe, your provider may recommend a steroid like prednisone or an immune modulator. Both of these medications work to alleviate your symptoms. If hives are causing swelling of your lips or tongue, you’ll typically be prescribed an epinephrine pen, which you should keep handy at all times.

Ready for relief from hives? Call or book a consultation online today with the dedicated medical professionals at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies.