Are My Hives a Sign of an Allergy?

Are My Hives a Sign of an Allergy?

One out of every five people will get hives at some point in their life, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. These raised skin welts can be as small as the tip of a pen or as large as a dinner plate.

Hives are caused when the body releases the chemical histamine, a response to inflammation, infection, or acute stress. When histamine is released, the blood vessels under the skin, called capillaries, are dilated. This dilation results in the appearance of hives. Often times, the exact cause of why a person has hives is unknown. Usually, histamine is released in response to an allergic reaction; allergies are one of the most common causes of hives.

Other causes of hives may include:

  • Infections
  • Excessive scratching
  • Anxiety
  • Sun exposure
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Pressure or rubbing on the skin

Acute hives will most likely alleviate themselves within hours or days. Chronic hives, on the other hand, which are defined as hives that last more than six weeks, are more serious. Typically, a review of potential allergens will help identify what is causing the problem as well as provide a guide for treatment.

Hives and swelling treatment options most often include antihistamines and corticosteroid medications, plus lifestyle modifications to help you avoid allergens and other hives and swelling triggers. Epinephrine (adrenaline) injections may be prescribed for more severe hives and swelling.

Windsor Dermatology offers in person and telehealth visit options. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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Fight scars, wrinkles and aging with microneedling

Fight scars, wrinkles and aging with microneedling

Looking for a way to improve your wrinkles and fine lines without any down time? Microneedling is a quick and virtually painless procedure that can give you smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin.

Using a wand with a series of very fine needs, your microneedling technician passes the tool over your area of concern. The needles create micro “injuries” in the skin that trigger the body to produce new collagen and elastin to fill the microscopic wound. This procedure has no major side effects and results are typically noticeable in a short period of time. (Though multiple sessions are often recommended for best results.)

Microneedling is proven to diminish the look of surgery and acne scars as well. Stretch marks, too, can be improved with this technique since the procedure breaks down old tissue and triggers the production of new elastin and collagen for healthier skin.

While researching microneedling, you may discover advertising suggesting that at-home products and treatments are the way to go for microneedling. However, like with any skin treatment, you’ll want to trust a professional to do it safely, cleanly, and with the best results.

Want to know more about what microneedling might be able to do for you? Schedule a consultation with the team at Windsor Dermatology. Windsor Dermatology offers in person and telehealth visit options Call us today!

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Is My Sweating Normal?

Is My Sweating Normal?

Everyone deals with sweat from time to time. Sweating is the body’s natural response to regulating body temperature due to warm temperatures, exercise or even emotions like fear, anger or embarrassment.

But, for some, sweating happens excessively and without the above triggers. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes a person to sweat unpredictably. This uncontrollable sweating may cause both physical and emotional discomfort.

The cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown.

When it is associated with another condition, such as anxiety or menopause, it is called secondary hyperhidrosis. Once the underlying cause is treated, the hyperhidrosis typically ends. When it is not caused by another condition, it is termed primary hyperhidrosis, which appears to run in families.

Hyperhidrosis is often diagnosed through a simple discussion with a doctor, who will ask the patient when, how much and where they typically sweat, and if the patient has noticed any specific triggers.

There are a number of ways to treat hyperhidrosis, depending on the type and severity of the individual’s situation. Non-surgical methods are used first.

Treatments include:

  • Antiperspirants: Antiperspirants plug sweat ducts. They may cause skin or clothing irritation, if they aren’t used carefully. Deodorants, although helpful in controlling body odor, are different from antiperspirants because they don’t reduce sweating.
  • Medication: Sedatives may be used if the patient has stress-induced hyperhidrosis. Anticholinergic drugs, which help prevent sweat gland stimulation, are common for other kinds of hyperhidrosis.
  • Botox: Botulinum toxin, or botox, injections may ease symptoms in some patients with motility disorders.
  • Surgery: Surgery is an option for patients for whom other treatments have been unsuccessful. The surgery addresses the nerves responsible for overactive sweat gland by locating and then removing them, using a camera for guidance.

If you are concerned about your sweating habits, Windsor Dermatology offers in person and telehealth visit options. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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When Should I see a Professional about my Acne

When Should I see a Professional about my Acne

Adult-onset acne can develop anytime between your 20s to as late as your 50s, and often occurs for people who also had acne during their teenage years.

Majority of people will experience acne at least once in their lives. However, not all acne is created equal. While most cases of acne are treatable at home with good skin care products, there are times when a medical professional should be consulted.

  • When non-prescription treatments have stopped working. You’ve probably tried lots of over-the-counter options. But if something that has worked for you before, no longer is, it may be time to get professional advice.
  • When acne is taking a toll on your self esteem. Acne can affect your entire life, and if breakouts are causing you social or psychological distress, regardless of whether it is mild or severe, then it’s time to go see a dermatologist.
  • When your acne is super painful. If your acne is painful enough that it’s hindering your every day activities or constantly on your mind, it’s definitely worth a trip to a dermatologist to see if anything can be done to reduce the inflammation.
  • When your acne lasts a long time and/or keeps coming back. Cystic acne is caused by bacteria that is underneath the surface of your skin and it gets inflamed. It’s hard to treat because it’s so deep. This is when a visit to a dermatologist can benefit you.
  • When you get a lot of post inflammatory pigmentation and acne scars. If acne leaves post inflammatory pigmentation (or dark marks), or acne scars, even if you haven’t picked at your skin, then it’s time to consult a dermatologist.

Windsor Dermatology offers in person and telehealth visit options. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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