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8100 Ashton Avenue, Suite 207B
Manassas, VA 20109

19735 Germantown Rd., Suite 180
Germantown, MD 20874

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Tel: 855-528-7348
Fax: 855-329-2873

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Hives and Angioedema Diagnosis and Treatments

Acute and chronic urticaria/hives and angioedema

Acute and chronic hives associated with skin itching can be quite bothersome but also, at times, result in debilitating and chronic condition. In Allergy and Asthma Clinical Centers in Germantown, MD and Manassas, VA we have doctors with unique expertise needed to properly evaluate your hives and angioedema symptoms and offer correct management and treatment. 

Hives is probably the most common allergic skin condition and is characterized by a skin rash notable for pale red, raised and intensely itchy bumps. Hives is frequently caused by allergic reactions; however, there are many non-allergic causes. Most cases of hives lasting less than six weeks (acute urticaria) are the result of an exposure to allergen (e.g. food, medication). Acute viral infection and/or fever are another common cause of acute urticaria (viral exanthem). Less common causes of hives include friction, pressure, temperature extremes, exercise, water exposure and sunlight.

Hives caused by stroking the skin (often linear in appearance) are due to a benign condition called dermographism and may have a form of quickly appearing red "blotches" on torso, face or upper arms. While acute hives can be frequently prevented by careful diagnosis and identification of triggering allergen, chronic urticaria can be debilitating disease. Chronic urticaria (hives lasting longer than six weeks) is rarely due to an allergy. The majority of the patients with chronic hives have idiopathic form (an unknown cause). However, as many as 30 – 40% of those patients may, in fact, have an autoimmune disorder causing their hives.

Dr. Bocek has a special interest in diagnosis and management of chronic urticarial conditions and developed several expert treatment protocols for these disorders.

Our treatments include the recent advancement and the most efficacious therapy of Xolair (Omalizumab) injections which can resolve chronic hives and itching within days.

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Our hives clinics in our centers in Germantown MD as well as Manassas, VA will address your hives and welts, symptoms of angioedema and causes and propose correct hives and angioedema treatment strategies. Short episode of hives on skin are quite common in childhood but sometimes hives and similar skin allergies can be associated with other allergy symptoms. Living with hives and welts is uncomfortable, and occasionally hives on your skin can signify severe health risks. If you are suffering from hives and skin allergies or have itchy hives and skin swellings, don't hesitate to contact our allergy clinics in Montgomery County, MD or our hives clinic in Virginia as soon as possible.