If you break out in hives because of something that you use in your home that irritates your skin, because of something you eat, or because of being around something outside that you’re allergic to, then you know that the condition can become unpleasant if not treated. Sometimes, you might have a mild case of hives that involves redness on your skin and itching. There are also times when you need to seek further hives treatment so that you can get relief.
Chronic hives may go away without detailed treatments. There are several treatment options your doctor can try to determine which one will give you the most relief. If your hives become severe and begin to impact your breathing or cause areas of your face and body to swell to the point where you’re uncomfortable, you should visit an emergency room or the doctor’s office to receive treatment as soon as possible.
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is one option available to those suffering from hives. With this approach, amounts of a particular allergen are placed under the tongue in ever smaller doses; the patient can choose between a tablet or liquid form. Sublingual immunotherapy can address both food and environmental allergies, and is currently available to address ragweed, grass pollen, and dust mite allergies. It can be safely administered to adults and children.
Subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) is an option as well. These are strategically administered injections often referred to as allergy shots, one of the more traditional forms of immunotherapy. Our professionals collect custom bottles of allergens that cause reactions and inject doses from these bottles into the arm to stimulate the immune system.
If you have chronic hives, you should talk to your doctor about what could be causing them as there’s usually an underlying issue. There could be something in your environment that continues to trigger your hives. By giving as much information as possible to the doctor, you can work together to find a hives treatment that helps you stay comfortable even if your hives are active.
To learn about hives treatment and when you should seek emergency treatment if it’s needed, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic! At our offices in Washington (Vancouver, Longview, Salmon Creek, Bellevue), Oregon (Clackamas, Gresham), and California (Oakland, Sunnyvale, San Leandro, Fremont, Redwood, San Mateo), our caring staff will be happy to explain your options in full and help you decide which one would be best for you. Contact us today to set up your consultation!