Hives are a common condition in which scratchy, red bumps and lumps form on the skin. They are also known as uticaria. Hives are normally caused by a mid allergic reaction, but they could also be caused by an uncommon, but harsh allergic reaction called an anaphylactic reaction. It’s very rare that hives could be caused by an autoimmune disorder called lupus. Before going for the treatment, it’s vital to know the hives symptoms so that the treatment could be carried on effectively.
Hives could appear anywhere on the body and could be oval or round in shape. They could also be unevenly shaped, lumpy patches that come together to cover large areas of skin and could be pink or red in color. They could also have a pale center with redness on the edges. Hives affected area of the body is normally very scratchy.
Symptoms that go with hives due to an allergic reaction include runny nose, sneezing, itchiness, watery eyes, sinus pressure, nasal congestion and headache. A stern allergic reaction could result in swelling of mouth, lips, throat and shortness of breath. Symptoms that go along with hives due to lupus include fever, seizures, anemia, painful swollen joints, hair loss, hives on face, photophobia, lesions in the nose or mouth and inflammation of the lungs.
Making an analysis of hives and their underlying cause includes performing a complete assessment that includes an allergy and medical history and physical examination.
The most efficient hives treatment plan uses a comprehensive approach. Treatment plans are also individualized to best address the precise cause and severity of hives and the patient’s age and medical history. In general, hives can be treated, although they are not curable. Treatment of hives usually begins with prevention. This includes diagnosing the precise allergens and avoiding exposure to them. For e.g. a person who has been diagnosed with a reaction to eggs, should avoid eating eggs and any foods prepared with them.
The patient following a good treatment plan can control hives to a degree that allows him/her to lead a normal life.