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What are Hives?

Hives are known medically as “Urticaria”. It usually presents as itchy, red patches/swellings on the skin. It is a common skin problem that affects about 20% of the general population. The common hives are generally mild and self-limiting. In severe cases, the patient may have breathing difficulty, low blood pressure and giddiness.

Are there different types of Hives?

There are 2 main types of urticaria: acute and chronic urticaria. Acute urticaria is hives lasting less than 6 weeks and is usually triggered by drugs, food, viral infection, insect bites and contact irritants. On the other hand, chronic urticaria is hives lasting longer than 6 weeks and the cause is usually more difficult to identify. According to publish data, 80% of chronic urticaria have no known cause.

Urticarial rash

Urticarial rash

Am I allergic to something? What test must I do?

Dr Wong will take your detailed medical history, examine you clinically to help establish the diagnosis. Thereafter, Dr Wong will plan and organise the relevant allergy test. A skin biopsy may also be needed to help confirm or rule out suspected conditions.

How to treat Hives and can it be cured?

When allergy is confirmed, the treatment is avoidance!  Dr Wong will use anti-histamine to treat the routine acute and chronic urticaria. In some difficult cases, specialised medications will have to be used to ease the problem.

Dr Wong Soon Tee is a MOH accredited Dermatologist for more than 20 years. Consult him for a proper evaluation and treatment to break the irritation from hives/urticaria. Call Assurance Skin Clinic at 66941121 for an appointment.

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