Urticaria (Hives) Treatment Clinic London

Urticaria, also known as hives, is a common condition. Although not life-threatening, hives can get very itchy and cause you a lot of frustration. Urticaria can be acute (lasting a few weeks) or chronic (persisting for months or years).

About Urticaria

Hives are caused by excess histamine being released into the skin by the immune system. This leads to a series of raised, red wheals appearing on the skin. These often become swollen and are incredibly itchy. They look almost exactly like the rash you might get following an allergic reaction to a nettle sting. Most of the time no cause for the urticaria is found, however, triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Allergies
  • Environmental temperature changes
  • Infection
  • Medication
  • Food

Although the urticaria rash is identical in appearance to the rash caused by allergic reaction, there is often no obvious cause and the wheals can occur anywhere on the body.

Treating urticaria

Most cases of urticaria are acute and resolve fairly rapidly, but if the itchiness is affecting your daily activities, our professionals can prescribe some antihistamines to soothe your symptoms.

If you suffer from long-term urticaria and antihistamines don’t help, experts at The Dermatology Clinic have a number of other treatments to relieve your symptoms. We may recommend a short course of steroid tablets to reduce any swelling. In severe cases, our dermatologists can provide medication such as ciclosporin to dampen the body’s immune system to provide relief from your symptoms.

Get in touch

No matter how severe your urticaria is, the symptoms can be distressing and The Dermatology Clinic team is here to help you in any way they can. Call the clinic today 3282 0011 to arrange a consultation and put an end to those irritating, itchy symptoms.