Other more serious cases of hives may last for weeks. At Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, our dermatologist will work closely with you to help you determine the cause of the hives and resolve them as quickly as possible.

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What are Hives?

Hives, also referred to as urticaria, are an unexpected outbreak of red, itchy bumps that appear on the surface of the skin. Their cause may not be known, although it is often an allergic reaction. Hives may itch, burn, or sting, and cause a great deal of discomfort. Hives can appear at any location on the body, including inside the mouth, and vary in size. They may last only a few hours or a day or two before fully disappearing.

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What Causes Hives?

Hives can be caused by several factors, both external and internal. Common causes of hives include:

  • Food
  • Fragrances in lotions and detergents
  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Airborne allergens

A form of hives known as acute urticaria can last up to six weeks. Acute urticaria is often caused by infections, food allergies, or medications. Parasites or unknown diseases may also contribute to acute urticaria. Hives which last for longer than six weeks are referred to as chronic urticaria.

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How are Hives Treated?

Our board-certified dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology will ask you a series of questions in seeking to identify what triggered the reaction. Skin tests may be performed in order to determine what, if any, allergies you have. The best way to treat hives is by removing the offending irritant.

Sometimes, however, this is not easy to do. Antihistamines are usually prescribed in order to control the symptoms of hives. For hives that are lasting longer than a day or two, corticosteroids may be prescribed.

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844

Charlotte/7th St

2615 East 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 704-295-0000

Fax: 704-295-0005


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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