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Hives and Rashes Treatment

Hives and Rash Treatment Cincinnati, Ohio

The diagnostic tests available at Moksha Dermatology can assist diagnose the cause of a skin allergy, commonly known as allergic contact dermatitis. Two to three visits over a 48-72 hour period are required for these diagnostic tests, known as skin patch testing. These patch tests will help you figure out if you’re allergic to any of dozens of different chemicals, metals, or fragrances. Alternative goods and materials may be advised based on the results of these testing to minimize unwanted allergic responses.

Hives and Contact Rashes: Urticaria, often known as hives, is a type of skin rash characterized by pale red, raised, itchy lumps. Hives are a type of skin irritation caused by the immune system’s production of histamine. This causes small blood vessels to leak, resulting in skin edema. Urticaria is divided into two types: acute (lasting less than six weeks) and chronic (lasting longer than six weeks) (more than 2 or more months). Urticaria can arise as a result of hives, or it can be provoked by other factors such as heat, cold, or exercise. Because specific allergy triggers are rarely the cause of chronic urticaria (hives that persist more than six weeks), allergy tests are rarely helpful. Urticaria can linger for several months or be recurrent for longer lengths of time. Hives are not communicable, despite the fact that they are typically irritating and severe.

Contact Dermatitis: When your skin comes into close contact with an allergen, allergic contact dermatitis develops. If you have a nickel allergy and come into touch with jewelry that contains even a trace quantity of nickel, your skin may become red, bumpy, scaly, itchy, or swollen at the place of contact.

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can all produce allergic contact dermatitis if you come into touch with them. An oily coating that covers these plants causes the red, itching rash. Touching them, or touching clothing, dogs, or even gardening tools that have come into contact with the oil, can cause an allergic reaction.

Treatment Options

Hives are commonly treated with antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medicines. Antihistamines can be used orally to relieve itching and swelling, and they can also be used to prevent breakouts in people who have persistent hives. Other drugs, such as corticosteroids like prednisone and antibiotics, may be used for severe hives. Omalizumab is an injectable treatment for chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), a kind of hives that can linger for months or years.

Contact Moksha Dermatology in Cincinnati, Ohio, if you have acute or persistent hives and need treatment. We may set up a consultation to explore your hives and rashes treatment options.

Moksha Dermatology accepts most insurance plans.