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Urticaria

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

All right, so our urticaria is our fancy word for hives, and hives are kind of welts that occur on your body, and it’s a hypersensitivity reaction to something. So hypersensitive means you’re a lot more sensitive to things than you normally would be. And that happens all over your body, usually.

Now hives is usually the result of having a cold, or a new medication, or being introduced to a new substance sometime in the last couple of weeks. So if all of a sudden you get these welts that are really itchy, and they’re covering your body, and that’s usually because you had a cold, or you’ve been introduced to something new, whether that’s a medication or supplement or a new food or you know, fill in the blank. 

See your local dermatologist. Because what we usually do, is do a history and physical exam, and then we usually can figure out what you’ve been exposed to that’s caused your immune system to be overly sensitive, and for you to get these itchy areas pop out everywhere. 

Now if it lasts longer than six weeks, that changes everything, and you need to go see an allergist to see what the underlying cause actually is. And they have other tips to help you get over this. Now sometimes hives can progress to the point where you can’t breathe. Where everything starts swelling, and that’s really dangerous. So anytime you start having welts and you start having symptoms like you can’t breathe or you just feel off everywhere, you have to go to the emergency room. And you go either ambulance or have someone drive you depending on the symptoms that you have.

This topic of urticaria or hives is enormous, and we could literally spend eight hours talking about it. But for the vast majority of hives that lasts in less than six weeks in duration, and not much else is going on but some itchy skin, the oral antihistamines will really help, and so will your local dermatologist. 

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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