Urticaria, commonly called hives, is a skin condition characterized by itchy, raised welts or bumps that appear suddenly and can change in size and shape. These welts, typically red or skin-colored, can vary in severity and may occur due to allergic reactions to various triggers, including certain foods, medications, insect stings, infections, or environmental factors. Stress, temperature changes, or pressure on the skin can also induce hives. While hives are often harmless and transient, resolving within hours, severe cases can persist for days and lead to discomfort, swelling, and difficulty breathing, requiring immediate medical attention.
If you're grappling with hives impacting your daily life, seeking guidance from our board-certified allergist at the Maryland Allergy and Asthma Center can be instrumental in managing and addressing this condition. We provide comprehensive evaluations and tailored treatment plans, identifying specific triggers through detailed assessments and diagnostic tests. By understanding the root causes of your hives, we offer personalized strategies aimed at effective symptom management. Let us assist you in understanding and managing your hives, empowering you to regain control and improve your overall well-being.