What’s so cool about CoolSculpting?

benefits-of-coolsculpting

What is so cool about CoolSculpting?

benefits-of-coolsculpting

If you watch television or go on social media, you have probably seen an advertisement for Coolsculpting, which means you have probably asked yourself, “What’s all the fuss about?”

Coolsculpting is a noninvasive alternative for fat reduction that can be used to treat many areas of the body including the chin, abdomen, flanks, arms and thighs. It’s based on one simple principle…when you freeze fat cells, you kill them. The scientific term is cryolypolysis. By using external applicators that isolate and then freeze unwanted pockets of fat, one is able to contour body parts that have been resistant to traditional diet and exercise. What is even better is since the procedure is completely noninvasive, including no needles or incisions, there is zero downtime.

Am I a candidate?

There are a number of factors that come into play when determining if a patient is a good candidate for Coolsculpting. One of the most important considerations is does the candidate have the right type of fat? There are two types of fat on the body, visceral and subcutaneous. Visceral fat is the stubborn fat under the muscular wall located in our abdominal cavity. Subcutaneous fat is the fat directly below your skin that you can grab and squeeze. This is the fat that can be treated with Coolsculpting. Other factors like skin laxity or looseness also determine results and need to be evaluated on a case by case basis. Appropriate candidates once treated can expect to see a 20-25% reduction in the number of fat cells treated by the procedure.

So what happens to the fat?

This is probably the most common question I get asked during a consultation. After a fat cell is frozen, it starts an inflammatory process resulting in apoptosis or programmed cell death. Over the course of weeks and months, our body’s inflammatory cells break down these dead cells resulting in their eventual removal from the treatment site. After a treatment, patients will start to see reduction after 6-8 weeks, but see the greatest improvement at 3 months.

To learn more about Coolsculpting and to find out if it’s a good option for you, schedule your free consultation today! 

What is Vitiligo & How is it Treated?

vitiligo-treatment-options

What is Vitiligo & How is it Treated?

vitiligo-treatment-options

About 1% of the global population has vitiligo—a condition causing white patches on the skin. While it is unclear what causes this skin condition, a dermatologist can help determine potential treatment options for vitiligo.

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a condition where the skin loses its color due to the loss of pigmentation, causing white and light-colored patches to appear on the skin. Vitiligo can affect any part of the body, and commonly occurs on the chin, forehead and nose. The skin condition can occur at any age, and typically begins between the ages of 10 and 30.

Common signs of vitiligo can include patchy loss of skin color and whitening or graying of the hair, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard.

There are a few different types of vitiligo:

  • Universal vitiligo appears on nearly all of the skin’s surface, covering about 80% of the body
  • Generalized vitiligo, the most common type, causes discoloration on corresponding body parts
  • Segmental vitiligo, typically occurring at a younger age, affects only one side or part of the body
  • Localized vitiligo appears on just one or only a few areas of the body
  • Acrofacial vitiligo affects skin on the hands and face, particularly around the eyes, nose and ears

While it is not painful, life-threatening or contagious, vitiligo can cause patients to feel self conscious. We recommend seeing a doctor to discuss potential treatment options.

What Causes Vitiligo?

Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin, our natural skin pigment, stop functioning. It is unknown what causes these cells to stop functioning, but it may be brought on by:

  • Autoimmune conditions: Immune system disorders can raise your odds of vitiligo
  • Genetics: You’re more likely to develop vitiligo if another family member has it
  • Trigger events: High-stress situations or skin trauma can set off vitiligo

What are the Treatment Options for Vitiligo?

Currently, there is no cure for vitiligo, but a dermatologist can provide treatment options such as light therapy, surgery, or medications. These options may restore color to the affected areas, but won’t prevent a recurrence or continued loss of melanin.

Occasionally, vitiligo stops forming without treatment and patients’ skin may even get its color back. Due to the lack of pigmentation, it’s particularly important for patients with vitiligo to protect their skin against the sun. Apply sunscreen daily, wear protective clothing and stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest.

Visit Windsor Dermatology for a Consultation

If you think you may have vitiligo, call us today to schedule a consultation. Our team of expert dermatologists is here to help you manage your skin condition, so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

What is Melasma and How do You Treat It?

What is Melasma & How Do You Treat It?

Click on image to play video

Noticing brown spots after spending time in the sun this summer? With topical therapies and microneedling there are treatment options to help reduce those pesky patches.

What is Melasma?

Melasma, a condition that causes the appearance of dark spots on the skin, which can be amplified in the warmer months.

Melanocytes are skin cells that produce pigmentation; certain stimuli, such as spending time in the sun, can cause the melanocytes to start producing more pigment. While the condition does not cause pain or negative health effects, it can impact self-esteem, as discolorations tend to appear on areas of the body that are the most visible such as cheeks, nose, and chin.

What Can You Do To Manage Melasma?

While melasma can worsen during the summer months due to more sun exposure, and heat, as well as pregnancy and birth control pills, there are steps you can take to minimize the effects.

  1. Avoid waxing. Waxing the face and body may irritate the skin and potentially make melasma worse if out in the sun after waxing
  2. Choose skin care products wisely. Pick gentle formulations that don’t cause stinging or burning, which can be signs of skin irritation.
  3. Use sunscreen vigilantly. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 every day, even through the colder months
  4. Consider extra sun protection. Stay in the shade when possible and wear a wide-brimmed hat and other protective clothing to block the sun.

What Are The Treatment Options for Melasma?

Although melasma is very difficult to treat and the spots can recur there are treatment options for patients to help reduce the appearance of those pesky dark patches.  Treatment options can vary from topical therapy to actual procedures like facials and microneedling.

Topical therapies like Hydroquinone is the main line of treatment for patients with mild melasma. There is 2% over the counter which can take months to begin seeing effects from or 4% can be prescribed by a provider at Windsor Dermatology. With this increase in strength patients can begin to notice results after 4 weeks. In addition to hydroquinone other topical therapies such as Azelaic acid, kojic acid or niacinamide can be helpful alternative agents.

Although some practices use lasers to treat melasma at Windsor Dermatology we want to avoid the risk that a laser treatment can actually make things worse, especially in patients that are darker skin tone. There is a risk for further hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the skin that is being treated so it is best to have a discussion with one of our providers.

A completely safe alternative is Microneedling. Microneedling creates small micropunctures into the skin allowing for us to apply a topical therapy which helps lift the pigment from the skin.  Multiple treatments are required to achieve improvement. Although 100% clearance cannot be guaranteed patients do very well with treatments.

What To Expect During Microneedling for Hyperpigmentation

  • A numbing cream will be applied to the skin 30 minutes before hand in the office
  • The procedure typically takes 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area
  • Hylauronic acid is applied immediately following treatment
  • The area will be red for up to 5 days. During recovery, sun should be avoided
  • Patients will see improvements within a few weeks
  • A post care kit will be supplied to patients at their first visit and that is to be used for 5 days post treatment to avoid further hyperpigmentation.

*Individual results may vary

Visit Windsor Dermatology for a Consultation

Windsor Dermatology is here to help with treatment options for melasma. Call us today to schedule a consultation!

What Are Molluscum & How Is It Treated?

how-to-treat-molluscum

What are molluscum & how is it treated?

how-to-treat-molluscum

What are molluscum? 

Molluscum is a viral infection caused by a poxvirus (not the same as chicken pox!). It is very common in toddlers and school aged children. They usually present as smooth, small pink or skin colored bumps, sometimes with an indentation in the center. Molluscum usually are painless, but sometimes can become itchy, especially if they become inflamed. They can occur on any location on the body including face, genitals, trunk and extremities, but usually spare the palms and soles. 

How is it transmitted?

The virus spreads via direct skin to skin contact or through contaminated surfaces such as gym mats.  The virus that causes molluscum can also spread on other areas of a person’s body by touching or scratching a lesion then touching somewhere else on their body.

How we can prevent transmission?

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Avoid sharing towels and bathing with siblings
  • Discourage scratching or touching lesions
  • Avoid direct skin to skin contact with an infected area
  • If around other children, should keep lesions covered with bandage or clothing to prevent transmission

How are they treated?

Molluscum can last for months to years without treatment. Even with treatment, molluscum can last over a year.  We usually recommend treatment to avoid spread to other areas, however if not bothersome, watchful waiting is also an option.

  • Physical removal: with curette or liquid nitrogen which is usually reserved for older children or adolescents
  • At home topical treatments: aim to irritate the skin to illicit an immune response for the body to fight the virus. Retin-A is a prescription that would be applied nightly to lesion. Zymaderm is a homeopathic remedy that is over the counter, which is applied twice daily.
  • In office topical treatment: Cantharidin (“Beetle juice”) application is a painless destructive procedure which involves applying Cantharidin on each lesion and then washing off after a specified time. Cantharidin causes inflammation, redness and usually causes formation of a blister with the goal of resolution of molluscum as the blister heals.

If new onset molluscum, we recommend you visit your local dermatologist to discuss treatment options.

What is Psoriasis & How is it Treated?

treating-psoriasis

What is Psoriasis & how is it treated?

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes scaley patches of inflamed skin, typically appearing on the knees, elbows, torso and head (facial and scalp psoriasis).

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by inflammation. Affecting 2% of the US population, psoriasis results from rapid skin cell growth in the epidermis (the top layer of skin). During normal cellular turnover, skin cells are produced and slough off every 24 to 30 days.

With psoriasis, the production of skin cells is accelerated, up to 10 times faster than normal. New skin cells are produced every 3 to 4 days. This abnormally fast production prevents the skin cells from maturing and sloughing off properly. Rather, the skin cells build up, creating raised plaques of red skin with flakey, white scales.

What are the treatment options for Psoriasis?

The Psoriasis Center of New Jersey has been involved in the research & education of all forms of psoriasis treatment since 1990. While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are fortunately several psoriasis treatments that are safe and effective for improving plaque psoriasis, arthritis, facial psoriasis and scalp psoriasis.

Psoriasis treatments can include:

Topical Therapy:

Topical therapy for mild to moderate psoriasis localized to specific areas of the body. 

Ultraviolet Light Therapy:

  • Phototherapy & Excimer laser to deliver concentrated, high-dose ultraviolet B treatment to psoriasis plaques
  • Narrowband UVB, a safe and effective treatment in which the patient stands in a specially designed cabinet containing UVB light tubes
  • PUVA (Psoriasis Ultraviolet A), involves the patient standing in a specially designed cabinet containing UVA bulbs
  • Hand foot phototherapy for psoriasis treatment of hands & feet

Biological Therapy:

Biologic therapy has advanced to the forefront of psoriasis treatment where most recently, the FDA approved biologic therapy (all subcutaneous) which can safely be administered at home.

Four weeks after the first & only dose of Skyrizi most people are 50% improved. After 2 shots by week 12, 80% of people are 90% better, 55% (over half) of the people are totally clear with no psoriasis, and most people continue to stay that way with 1 dose every 12 weeks. works the same way, which is also FDA approved for Psoriatic Arthritis.

Other biologic meds that are effective include: Talz, Cosentyx, Ilumya, Humira, Siliq. Cimzia, Enbrel, Remicade, and an oral medication Otezla is also utilized frequently.

Utilizing the Psoriasis Toolbox

Utilizing the Psoriasis Toolbox

In this video interview, Jerry Bagel, MD, MS, discusses improvement in quality of life for pediatric psoriasis patients and current and emerging treatments.

Jerry Bagel, MD, MS, director of the Psoriasis Treatment Center of New Jersey & Eczema Treatment Center of New Jersey in East Windsor, and a member of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) board of directors

 

What is Hidradenitis Suppuritiva & How is it Treated?

What is Hidradenitis Suppuritiva & How is it Treated?

Click on image to watch video

Hidradenitis Suppuritiva or HS causes inflamed and painful swollen lesions in areas of the body where hair grows, such as the armpits, groin, anal regions and areas where skin often rubs together including around the breasts.

These lesions typically get infected, causing pus-filled pockets to form under the skin that turn into hard lumps that produce a constant discharge. HS is not contagious, and affects about .2% of people in the United States.

What Causes Hidradenitis Suppuritiva?

Hidradenitis Suppuritiva occurs when hair follicles or sweat glands become blocked by excess keratin, leading to inflammation, redness and infection.

There is no clear-cut reason to why certain individuals experience HS, but there are a few factors known to increase your risk, including:

  • Smoking
  • High levels of stress
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal changes

HS commonly occurs by the age of 20 and tends to burn out around the age of 40. It occurs more often in women than in men, and more often in African Americans than Caucasians.

What are the Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppuritiva?

Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppuritiva include:

  • Blackheads that appear in a double-barreled pattern
  • Red bumps filled with fluid
  • Hard, painful lumps under the skin
  • Any seepage of pus from under the skin

Some of the first signs of HS are blackheads or recurring lesions on armpits, groin or anal region.

What are the Treatment Options for Hidradenitis Suppuritiva?

Until recently, there have been very few treatments for Hidradenitis Suppuritiva. While there is no permanent cure for HS, there are several Hidradenitis Suppuritiva treatments that can help patients manage the symptoms.

  • Medications: Oral and topical antibiotics are often used to treat the infected area, minimize its effect and prevent recurrence
  • Biologics: Humira is an injection that helps calm down inflammation from the inside out and alleviate symptoms on a continuous basis
  • Corticosteroid Injections: Injecting steroids into the infected area can help to alleviate inflammation and swelling
  • Surgical Procedures: In severe cases, surgery is an option to remove the lesions, abscesses, and scarring in the area. Surgical procedures can cut away the infected skin, or drain the area

When seeing a dermatologist for HS, be sure to tell your doctor when and where it started, how many courses of antibiotics you’ve been on, how many times you’ve had surgery or lancing and where on the body. This will give your dermatologist a history of the duration and treatment you’ve had so far.

At-home remedies for Hidradenitis Suppuritiva can help patients to manage the condition and pain. Some steps to take at home include:

  • Embracing a healthy lifestyle and well-balanced diet
  • Focusing on good hygiene in the impacted areas
  • Avoiding tight clothes
  • Decreasing smoking

While Hidradenitis Suppurativa impacts a small number of individuals, the painful symptoms are often detrimental to happiness and quality of life. Seeking treatment from a professional is the best way to take control of the disease.

Visit Windsor Dermatology for a Consultation

You don’t have to suffer through the painful symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppuritiva. If you are experiencing symptoms, call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule a consultation. Our cutting-edge treatments and expert dermatologists are here to help!

What Is Eczema And How Do You Treat It?

eczema-treatment

What is Eczema & how is it treated?

eczema-treatment

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a chronic, intensely itchy rash that most commonly develops during early childhood, known as baby eczema. Symptoms of eczema can include rash, itching, scratching and impaired sleep.

Baby eczema, which manifests commonly on the face, can persist into adolescence as well as into adulthood. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for eczema to start in adolescence or adulthood.

In adulthood eczema, they may itch at night, cannot sleep, and go work tired—known as Presenteeism, when focus is decreased because of their disease, or even absenteeism—seen frequently in the atopic dermatitis population because the severe eczema.

For about 70% of children who develop atopic dermatitis, their eczema may go away by the time they are ten years old. However, the other 30% may have a chronic case that waxes and wanes for life.

What are the differences between Eczema and Psoriasis?

Eczema is not psoriasis.  For one, eczema is associated with asthma and hay fever, whereas psoriasis is associated with arthritis. Psoriasis is a result of an increase in the growth rate of the epidermal cells (kertinocytes) whereas eczema is due to a separation of the epidermal cells. Scientists have shown that psoriasis and eczema are caused from two different parts of the immune system.

What are the causes of eczema?

The causes of eczema may be genetic, or due to a defect in the epidermis, as well as immunological abnormalities in the dermis (second layer of the skin). 

The causes of eczema is due to two basic factors. In the epidermis (the upper layers of the skin) the epidermal cells (keratinocytes) are held together by a sticky substance. In eczema, one of the molecules (fillagrin) is lacking. The lack of fliagrin results in openings between the epidermal cells (keratinocytes) and then foreign substances from the outside world (such as allergens, microbes and irritants) can percolate through the abnormal epidermis and arrive into the dermis. In the dermis these outside world agents activate the immune system. The activated immune system start producing excessive amounts of histamine which result in itching and eczema.

Though not contagious, eczema can often become infected. The reason for this is because the eczematous skin does not produce adequate protection from bacteria, and subsequently the skin becomes infected with staph. A good home remedy for infected eczematous skin is to soak in a bleach bath for 20 minutes, containing a quarter cup of Clorox in a bath tub full of water every other day for a week but make sure to contact your Dermatologist before starting bleach baths.

What are the different types of eczema?

There are a few variations of eczema.

Dyshidrotic eczema is an extremely itchy rash that manifests as coalesced vesicles (eczema blisters). Most severe cases of dyshydrosis tend to be brought on by stress. Many medical students get dyshidrosis when applying to residency programs, and many people who get divorced or lose their job get dyshidrosis eczema.

Another type is nummular eczema which manifests itself as quarter-size patches scattered all over the body. 

An eczema flare up can also be brought on by a contact allergen. The allergen can be dust, pollen, perfume, or preservatives in various products, such as formaldehyde, that are exposed to the skin.  We can perform tests such as patch testing to rule out any potential contact allergen.

Where does eczema show up on the body?

In adults the common locations for eczema are:

  • Scalp
  • Ears
  • Face
  • Nipples
  • Neck
  • Legs
  • Feet
  • Elbows
  • Lips
  • Genitals

Severe eczema can manifest on the entire skin surface. 

Hand dermatitis and finger dermatitis are very common and can be itchy and difficult to work with. Cracking, bleeding, itching skin on the hands due to eczema can impair quality of life. Most people with hand dermatitis tend to wash their hands too frequently, such as more than 5 times per day.

Home Remedies for Eczema

A great home remedy to help improve hand dermatitis is to stop washing hands with soap and water and switch to washing hands with cetaphil cleanser (no soap, no water) and then apply Neutrogena Hand Cream Norwegian Formula.

Excellent skin care remains the cornerstone to eczema therapy. Especially in the colder months when the eczematous skin is dryer it is preferable to bathe with Aveeno powder three times a weeks rather than showering. Throughout the year, pat dry gently when leaving the shower or bath and while the skin is moist immediately apply moisturizing cream and then apply a second time each day, as well.

Avoid wool clothing if you have eczema, whether it be mild or severe eczema. Avoid perfumes and fragrances as they may induce your immune system to activate, produce more histamine and make you itch.

African American patients have an increased frequency of eczema. Eczema on black skin requires special attention. Applying moisturizer, and the best creams for eczema, such as Cetaphil cream, Aveeno cream, or Aquaphor ointment daily or twice daily will help prevent drying of the skin and decrease itching.

Treatment depends on the severity of your atopic dermatitis and how extensive it is on your body, such as appearing on your face or hands.

Once you realize your home remedies are not improving your symptoms, it is time to see a dermatologist who specializes in eczema.

When searching for a dermatologist to treat your eczema, look specifically for a dermatologist who specializes in eczema treatment.

You can go online and look up if any dermatologists in your area are on the National Eczema Association. You can also call up dermatology offices in your area and ask if they do clinical trials in Eczema. If they do, you do not have to do a clinical trial, but it gives you a good idea that they treat a lot of people with eczema

For mild eczema, face eczema, nipple eczema, ear eczema and genital eczema, a low-potency topical corticosteroid treatment or topical calcineurin phosphatase inhibitor ointments may be prescribed because these areas are thin. These prescriptions are generally effective at treating eczema. 

For localized areas on the rest of the body, higher-potency topical corticosteroids are helpful but are limited to a 2- to 4-week treatment period due the fact that higher potency topical steroids may thin out the skin resulting in stretch marks.

Contact Windsor Dermatology

Windsor Dermatology physicians can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to manage your eczema and control flare-ups. Schedule your consultation today!

What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer

types-of-skin-cancer

What you need to know about skin cancer

types-of-skin-cancer

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, making skin cancer the most common form of cancer in the United States.

What are the most common types of skin cancer?

The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. 

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly treatable if detected early and treated properly. Basal and Squamous cell are found in areas that receive sun exposure. Basal and squamous cell skin cancers can present on the skin as a slowly growing, non-healing spot that sometimes bleeds, red scaling or crusting patch, or a pimple that does not heal. 

Melanoma may appear on the skin suddenly as new moles but can also develop within an existing mole. Melanoma is highly treatable when detected early, but advanced melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs, which can result in death. 

The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99%. Having five or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma. Melanoma often presents as an irregular new or changing existing mole.

How can I reduce risk of skin cancer?

It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays to reduce your risk of skin cancer. Avoid the sun between 10 am and 2 pm and wear sun protective clothing. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours. Most adults need about one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, to fully cover their body. 

Annual skin exams can help detect skin cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages. These exams can also allow your dermatologist to find and remove precancerous lesions before they develop into skin cancer.

If you notice a mole on your skin, you should follow the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.
  • Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • Color: The pigmentation is not uniform. Different shades of tan, brown or black are often present. Dashes of red, white, and blue can add to the mottled appearance.
  • Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • Evolving: The mole or skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

How To Know If You Have Skin Allergies

skin-prick-test

How to Know If You Have Skin Allergies

skin-prick-test

You’ve probably had itchy skin or a rash at some point or another, whether from poison ivy, a mosquito bite, or the chickenpox. But what if your irritated skin seems to come out of nowhere, and worse, reoccurs? It may be a skin allergy.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that skin allergies account for approximately 5.7 million doctor visits each year. The skin serves as a barrier filled with cells that protect the skin and body against viruses, bacteria, and other threats. Whenever these cells detect a suspicious substance, they begin a chain reaction in the skin that leads to inflammation. The allergic reaction, known as allergic contact dermatitis, occurs when your immune system has an unusual reaction to a harmless substance.

What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

A skin allergy, or allergic contact dermatitis, produces a red, itchy rash that sometimes comes with small blisters or bumps. The irritation occurs when the skin comes in contact with an allergen, a usually harmless substance that the immune system attacks. Allergens trigger allergic reactions.

There are several triggers for contact dermatitis including:

  • Soaps
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fabric softeners
  • Shampoo
  • Excessive exposure to water
  • Adhesives
  • Nail polish
  • Topical medications
  • Plants
  • Latex gloves
  • Metals

Your immune system might not react the first time you encounter an allergen. But over time, it can become sensitive to the substance. As a result, your next contact may lead to inflammation and an allergic reaction. Mild cases of allergic contact dermatitis usually disappear after a few days or weeks. But if the rash persists, is extremely uncomfortable, or occurs on the face, it’s important to see a physician.

Finding the culprit can often be achieved through taking a careful history of recent chemical exposures. To diagnose contact dermatitis, it’s best to visit a dermatologist for non-invasive patch testing of the skin to identify the trigger allergen. Treatment with anti-allergy topical and oral medications helps alleviate and limit suffering.

What About Hives?

If you’ve never experienced a bout of hives, consider yourself lucky. While some people may carry a higher risk for hives, approximately 20 percent of people will experience it at some point in their lives.

Hives, also called urticaria, are red bumps or welts that appear to move around the body from site to site, creating intense itching. They can be as small as a pencil tip or as large as a dinner plate, and fade repeatedly while the reaction runs its course. Press the center of a hive that’s red, and you might even see it turn white, referred to as blanching.

Hives can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Allergies
  • Blood disorders
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infections
  • Stress

Hives can be extremely itchy, not to mention irritating. While they bring an obvious physical burden, they can hinder emotional well-being too, often isolating individuals socially and affecting performance at work and school.

Symptoms of Hives

Hives are often confused with other conditions, but there are a few characteristics that distinguish them — mainly, their movement around the body and their duration. Common symptoms of hives include:

  • Red or flesh-colored bumps or welts with clear edges that may reappear in other spots, but typically clearing up within 24 hours
  • Bumps or welts that show up individually or clumped together, covering a larger area
  • Itchiness, swelling, pain, or stinging around the bumps or welts

If hives last for six weeks or longer, you may be dealing with chronic hives, which can interfere with daily activities. Doctors often can’t identify the reason for chronic hives or why they turn into a long-term issue. In some cases, chronic hives may be related to an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disease or, rarely, cancer.

Contact Windsor Dermatology

Windsor Dermatology physicians can prescribe medications to alleviate the symptoms of hives and perform tests to identify the underlying cause. We’re here to help you with skin allergy and hives relief for all skin types. Schedule your consultation with Windsor Dermatology today!