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Skin Hives: When To See Your Dermatologist

Dermatologists Atlanta GA

Hives can be one of the most alarming skin conditions, especially since hives tend to develop suddenly and commonly appear on children. Hives can show up anywhere on the body. They are often marked by a collection of small, red and rough-textured bumps that can itch or burn. The most important fact to know about hives is that they develop out of your body’s response. Hives indicate that your body is reacting against external pollutant and toxins or from increased cortisol levels. It can be especially concerning when you are unable to detect the cause or determine why you (or a loved one) is breaking out in hives.

Hives Can Vary in Size and Color

Not all hive breakouts look the same. Not only can they occur on various parts of the body, but they can change in size and color as the skin condition heals. In most cases, hives go away on their own, or when the external stimulant is removed. However, some types of hives can take up to six weeks to heal.

How Do Hives Form?

Skin hives develop when smaller blood vessels cause blood plasma to leak out and release histamine chemical. There are a wide range of factors that could trigger histamine activation in the body, including the following:

  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Heat or cold exposure
  • Insect bites
  • Food allergies (milk, nuts and chocolate)
  • Certain types of medications (painkillers, aspirin and blood pressure control)

What makes matters more confusing is that not all patients react to the same factors. It is important, however, to take extra measures to pinpoint the cause of your hives so that you can avoid the situation in the future.

When to Call Your Dermatologist?

If you are concerned about your hives that won’t heal or an unexplained breakout on your child’s skin, do not hesitate to call a skin care specialist. A board-certified dermatologist should always be contacted if your hives include these symptoms:

  • Swollen face, tongue or lips
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Light-headedness

At Olansky Dermatology, we can determine the cause of your hives as well as help you find temporary and/or permanent relief. Hives can not only disrupt your quality of life, but they can also develop into angioedema, a more serious condition that involves internal inflammation. Call our Atlanta office today to learn more about diagnosis and treatment for skin hives. We can treat the entire family!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!