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Hives Specialist

Stuart Y. Min, MD -  - Allergist

Min Allergy & Asthma Center

Stuart Y. Min, MD

Allergist located in Alhambra, CA & City of Industry, CA

If you are suffering from hives, it is time to seek effective relief. Here at the Min Allergy and Asthma Center serving residents of Alhambra and City of Industry, we offer comprehensive treatment for hives for children, as well as adults. Find out what you can expect with treatment by Dr. Stuart Min. Below are frequently asked patient questions and more information about hives.

Hives Q & A

What are Hives?

Hives also known as urticaria or nettle rash is a type of skin rash that is triggered by an allergic reaction. This condition is very common with more than 3 million new cases annually in the US. In fact about 20 percent of the population will get hives at some point, but they are treatable and possibly avoidable. Symptoms of hives include welts or patches of raised skin that are very itchy and sometimes red. This can be an isolated patch or coverage that extends over a large area of the body. You may also experience burning or stinging due to the rash. For individuals with acute hives, the condition arises suddenly, but is short-lived. Chronic hives last for more than six weeks and typically require medical attention.

What Causes a Breakout of Hives?

Individuals who break out in hives are suffering from an allergic reaction to something. The reaction can be an allergy, such as seasonal allergies, or a physical response to heat or stress. Certain foods can cause hives, as well as certain OTC or prescription medications. For most individuals a breakout is not serious and can be treated with medication. However, for individuals with hives in the throat or mouth region this swelling can lead to a blockage in the airway. In this instance, treatment is needed immediately to prevent a life threatening situation from occurring.

How are Hives Treated?

For mild cases of hives treatment, it generally involves antihistamine medication to lessen the swelling and irritation. If you suffer from chronic hives or breakouts that re-occur on a regular basis, it is a good idea to get an environmental skin testing done. Here at Min Allergy and Asthma Center, Dr. Min provides comprehensive allergy tests that can help you identify the cause of your hives breakouts. This allows you to avoid those substances of conditions that cause you to break out in hives.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Min Allergy and Asthma Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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