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Treatment For Hives In Philadelphia

While hives, medically known as urticaria, are usually a temporary allergic reaction, they can cause a great deal of frustration and discomfort. Treatment options vary depending on the allergen, and therefore it is best to consult an expert dermatologist.

Dr. Margo Weishar treats patients, struggling with hives, throughout Philly at Springhouse Dermatology.

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An Integrated Approach To Relieving Hives

Internationally renowned double-board certified, Margo Weishar, MD continues to provide exceptional care throughout Bucks and Montgomery County. Her integrated approach to skin wellness has seen her recognized for various awards and voted by her peers as Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors and Exceptional Women in Medicine.

She is also an acting commentator on CN8 Your Morning – talented, well educated, and respected by her peers, you could not ask for a more experienced, and sought-after dermatologist to assist with treatment in Philadelphia.

FAQ

What Causes Hives?

It is usually caused by an allergic reaction to something in your surrounding environment or something that you ate.

What Does Urticaria Look Like?

This skin reaction presents in many ways. On some people it appears as red, pink, or flesh-colored bumps or raised patches on the skin – some as small as a pinhead while others can stretch several inches across the body.

Is Hives A Cause For Concern?

Ordinarily, hives last for 24-hours. However, in severe cases, the allergic reaction can cause angioedema, swelling deep in the skin, which can become life-threatening when it occurs inside the mouth or throat, resulting in breathing difficulties.

Are They Contagious?

No, you cannot get hives from being around, or touching someone who has it. Even though some people may develop it when they have a contagious disease.

How Are Hives Treated?

The allergic reaction usually dissipates after 24-hours and antihistamines can be helpful with alleviating the symptoms during this period.

Treatment Options

Ideally, you should consult a dermatologist to assist with identifying the cause of the urticaria as well as best management thereof. Dr. Weishar has helped many patients, with the key objective to help control the itch and to identify the cause to prevent new hives.

Her treatment plans are patient-specific, created with the individual’s unique presentation of hives. This may include:

Anti-itch lotions and creams

Creams containing menthol can provide temporary relief.

Antihistamines

Some of these medications, like cetirizine and loratadine, may be available as over-the-counter medications while others may require a doctor’s prescription. Medications will be discussed during a consultation with Dr. Weishar at her Philadelphia office.

Corticosteroid

Medications such as prednisone can reduce inflammation when urticaria is severe, and a corticosteroid can assist in milder cases.

EpiPen®

This auto-injector is used in situations where the allergic reaction becomes life-threatening.

Light therapy

Also known as phototherapy can help, can help with reducing inflammation and speeds the healing process – especially in patients who suffer from chronic hives.

Lifestyle changes

Depending on the cause, your dermatologist may recommend certain diet and lifestyle changes to minimize allergies and prevent hives.

Hives Treatment In Philadelphia

It is important to consult a board-certified dermatologist to rule out any underlying medical conditions. Book an appointment with Margo Weishar, MD – voted Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctor, four years running.

As a leading expert in skincare, you can be assured that her 25 plus years of experience will shine a light on the best treatment and care for your hives.

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Dr. Margo Weishar
Board Certified Dermatologist, Montgomery County