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What are hives and how can they be treated?

Hives, or urticaria, as we also know them, can be really troublesome to the skin. They are red, can be very itchy, come up in something like a hive-like rash and a nettle rash on the skin. There a lots of different triggers for us to carry including some drugs, physical activities, sweating, going from hot to cold environment.
The majority of hives, or urticaria, are called spontaneous urticaria and they really occur for no particular reason. A really good history is very important as well as examination of the skin. There are numerous systemic treatment options that I can offer for the treatment of urticaria, including antihistamine regimes. Where one regime works for you may not work for a friend or relative and as such it is very important that we would get the right antihistamine regime for you. That is something that we can do here in great detail at Clinica.

More about Jennifer Crawley

Jennifer Crawley is a Consultant Dermatologist at Clinica London with a special interest in dermatology. She is an expert in both adult and paediatric dermatology and has particular interests in research, teaching and leading audit projects.
She gained a MBChB qualification from University of Bristol in 2002, after gaining BSc. (Hons) Cellular & Molecular Pathology in 1999. During following years she undertook training and gained work experience in Bristol and London.
Further she has performed a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including surgical excision of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, incisional biopsies, shave excisions and curettage and cautery.

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