If you notice raised, red bumps on your skin, they could be hives. At the Allergy & Immunology Center in Encino, California, Dr. Ryan Shilian and his skilled staff diagnose and treat hives and their underlying cause to improve your comfort and reduce symptoms. Call the Allergy & Immunology Center or request an appointment online today.Telemedicine appointments are available.
The common symptoms of hives include:
  • Welts may be purple, red, or the color of your skin
  • Raised skin bumps
  • Itchiness
  • Flare-ups triggered by heat, stress, or exercise
A man is scratching his arm. He has hives

The welts, or bumps, usually differ in size and shape and can appear anywhere on your body and come and go.

A woman with a pain in her neck that she is scratching

Your Hives Questions, Answered

What are the triggers for hives?

Some of the triggers for developing hives include:

  • Heat or cold
  • Sun exposure
  • Pressure on the skin
  • Hay fever
  • Infections
  • Emotional stress
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Allergen exposure

Medical conditions that can cause hives include infections, medications, vaccinations, allergies, as well as underlying systemic medical disorders.  

Allergic reactions can present with hives. The triggers include exposure to pet dander, pollen, insect bites, vaccinations, medications, and latex. Some foods, like nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, fish, or shellfish, can also contribute to hives. 

Ways to reduce the chance of developing hives include avoiding known triggers, bathing and changing your clothes often, and seeing your allergist regularly.

How does my provider diagnose hives?

To diagnose hives and their underlying cause, Dr. Shilian reviews your medical history, medications, lifestyle, and symptoms. He checks your vital signs and examines areas of your skin where hives commonly appear. He may order blood tests or perform allergy skin testing.

How are hives treated?

Standard treatments for hives include:

  • Trigger avoidance
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Prescription medications
  • Cold packs
  • Creams or lotions
  • Protecting your skin from the sun
  • Emergency epinephrine injection, if severe 
  • Not wearing tight-fitted clothing

Keep a diary to track when your symptoms appear. Doing so helps pinpoint hive triggers so you can reduce the risk of further outbreaks.

Dr. Shilian can combine several treatments to ensure the most effective results. He follows up with you to ensure your treatment works. 

Call the Allergy & Immunology Center or request an appointment online today to find the underlying cause of your hives and be treated. Telemedicine appointments are available.