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General Information

Urticaria – commonly known as hives – is a common allergic reaction of the skin. Hives appear as red circles or spots with clear, defined edges. They may be swollen, slightly elevated and itchy. Urticaria usually isn’t a medical concern, but can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition.

When you need an expert to assess your hives, visit Urgent Care Goshen Physicians or call (574) 535-1700 for an appointment. Our urgent care providers diagnose and treat minor injuries and conditions, including hives in children.

When to go to the ER for hives

Hives can indicate anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition. Always call 911 or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room for the following circumstances:

  • If you have never experienced hives before
  • Hives that cover a large part of your body or a full-body rash
  • Difficulty breathing
  • If you are known to have serious allergies

What causes hives: Know your triggers

Allergies often cause hives, but other triggers include:

  • Certain foods, mainly shellfish, nuts, fruit and eggs
  • Heat and cold
  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Medications

Sometimes hives are a chronic condition, lasting for several weeks or months. If the cause of the flare-up is not known, we can connect with you a primary care provider for advanced treatment for your urticaria.

Hives treatment at Urgent Care Goshen Physicians

Reversing the allergen is our main goal with hives treatment, which may include corticosteroids along with antihistamines. Our providers also treat itching and other accompanying symptoms. Mild hives often go away on their own. When you need advanced care, visit our urgent care center. We’re here to help seven days a week, with extended hours on weekdays.

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