What Is Urticaria?

Are My Allergies Causing Hives?

If you’ve experienced red and extremely itchy bumps on your skin that tend to arise quickly, there’s a good chance that you’ve felt a good deal of discomfort — especially if these bumps continually happen. In most cases, these hives are related to your allergy symptoms, and if left untreated, will continue to occur.

Keep reading to learn how our board-certified allergy specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help diagnose and treat your allergy symptoms.

Common Signs of Urticaria

Simply put, urticaria is a condition that causes red, itchy welts on the skin known as hives. Often, hives are caused by a reaction to an irritant or allergen and will remain swollen, red and itchy through the entirety of the allergic reaction. Nearly 20% of people get hives, however, they typically go away quickly.

Common symptoms of urticaria include:

  • Red bumps that appear on any area of the body.
  • Moderate to severe itchiness of the skin.
  • Swelling of the lips, throat, or eyelids.
  • Hives that flare with triggers like heat, exercise, or stress.

While an allergic reaction is one of the most common reasons hives appear, common triggers include:

  • Insect stings or bites.
  • Latex.
  • Pet dander.
  • Plant and tree pollen.
  • Foods such as peanuts, eggs, and shellfish.
  • Medication such as antibiotics (especially penicillin and sulfa) and aspirin and ibuprofen.

Treating Your Hives and Allergy Symptoms

The best ways to avoid hives is to avoid irritants that cause a reaction and to diagnose and treat your allergies to improve your immune system’s reaction to any allergens. At Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, we can use antihistamines to directly treat your hives. To treat your allergies, our board-certified specialists have multiple different treatment methods available.

Allergy Treatments in Alpharetta GA

Our board-certified allergists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help you identify your allergic triggers and prevent hives from occurring in the future. We provide individualized care that targets your allergies and develop customized treatment plans for each patient.

Schedule a same-day or next-day appointment, for a Telemedicine visit or in-office visit with our board-certified allergists at the Center for Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today to start seeking relief.

Our Metro Atlanta allergy & asthma locations offer a no-wait appointment policy for new and existing patients. Contact us via phone at (770) 459-0620 or online through our patient contact form.

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