Acne in Grand Rapid
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Hives is also known as urticaria. It is a outbreak of swollen, patches of red bumps or welts on the skin. It can arise from allergies or other reasons. It is accompanied by itching, burning or stining sensation. Hives can appear on the lips, face, tongue, ears, throat or on the neck shoulders and back. It can cover a large area or small and may join other areas as it spreads. Hives can last for several hours or days. Call a board certified
What causes Hives?
Hives can form when, blood plasma leaks out of small blood vessels in the skin. Allergies, food, insect stings, extended exposure to sunlight or medications can all cause a break out in Hives. In children, it can also break out when the above circumstances are present. Hives in children can be controlled with over the counter medications. Some Hives treatments can be home remedies as well. Consult with a board certified dermatologist for options for Hives treatment
Types of Hives and angioedema?
There are several different types of hives and angioedema, including:
Hives or swelling that lasts for less than six weeks. This is usually in reaction to allergic reactions to food, medication, infection, latex or insect bites. Common foods that brings on Hives include; milk, wheat, soy, chocolate, fish, shell fish, tomatoes, eggs, berries, nuts, foods with preservatives. Medication include aspirin, ibuprofen, painkillers and codeine.
Angioedema is severe swelling beneath the skin. The swelling may also occur on the surface of the skin. In some cases, the swelling is combined with the appearance of hives. Some areas of the body such as the face and limbs, are more prone to swelling than others. It’s due to this swelling that angioedema is sometimes referred to as “giant hives.”
Symptoms of Angiodema
swollen eyes or lining of the eyes
difficulty in breathing
When angioedema is hereditary in a family, the condition is known as hereditary angioedema. Hereditary angioedema has different causes, symptoms, treatments, and complications than regular angioedema.
Hives or swelling that lasts more than 6 weeks is called Chronic Urticaria. The cause is more difficult to determine because it may be more systemic; These symptoms are from hormonal imbalances: autoimmune, chronic infections, hormonal disorders and malignancy.
This is when Urticaria is cause by direct physical contact with the skin. Usually, repetitive motions, cold, heat, exposure to the sun, vibrations, pressure, sweating and exercise can all cause this form of Hives.
How to treat Hives
The best way to treat Hives to to identify the trigger or “what is causing the problem?”
Once you have identified the trigger allegeric reaction to food, medication and/or latex. Try these remedies to address the problem. Also, consult with a board certified dermatologist.
Home remedies for Hives
Avoid hot water. Use luke warm water to wash your face and shower
Avoid heavily fragrance soaps and detergents
Bath/shower once per day
Use hypo-allergenic soaps for showers and detergents
Use cool compress to area
Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothes
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Moles are skin growths composed of pigment cells. While certain moles may be considered pre-cancerous, others are benign. Depending on their size or location, moles can be beauty marks or distracting lumpy lesions. If located in areas of rubbing or shaving, moles may become infected or irritated. Our doctors’ training and years of experience insure effective mole removal with a focus on minimizing scarring and maximizing the aesthetic result.
ABCDE's of moles
Most people have brown spots on their skin in one location or another. These may be birthmarks, moles, or sun related spots called lentigos. Many of these are normal, but some may be suspicious for skin cancer. The ABCDE’s of melanoma are important to watch out for: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variability, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and Evolution (or change over time.)
Benign moles may sometimes become bothersome due to irritation or tenderness. Clothing or hair brushing may irritate moles located in the underarms or on the scalp. There are multiple methods for removal best discussed in person; these range from superficial shave removals to excisions using deep and superficial sutures.
Depending on the lesion or location, stitches may or may not be necessary. Following standard of care protocols, all removed moles are submitted for analysis to rule out the possibility of skin cancer. Doctors provide a thorough examination of moles, comprehensive discussion and efficient treatment. Depending on the size and location of a mole, it may be possible to remove the lesion on the same visit as the initial consultation.
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