Treatment for Chronic Hives at Ohio State

Treatment for Chronic Hives at Ohio State


Chronic hives is another condition that I
see quite frequently in the clinic. And it’s something that I feel like I can
really make a great positive impact on a patient’s quality of life. Chronic hives are itchy rashes that affect
patients for more than six weeks in duration and they can be quite bothersome – waking
patients up, feeling very itchy, having lots of swelling and causing a lot of concern as
to what the potential causes can be, while also dealing with the really bothersome symptoms. Many patients are very concerned that perhaps
their laundry detergent, or their soaps or different foods they’re eating may be triggering
their hives. For the vast majority of patients where hives
have been going on for more than six weeks, this isn’t the case. It’s typically a virus or another underlying
condition that may trigger those symptoms. So we have to talk with each patient, see
if there are any other symptoms that have been going on with those hives, but for vast
majority of patients we can provide reassurance and actually don’t necessarily have to go
through a whole slew of allergy testing in order to determine what’s going on. The good news is that chronic hives typically,
for most patients, is something that will go away with time. But we have to help make patients feel better
and deal with these symptoms. For the vast majority of patients, we can
greatly improve their quality of life by treating them with some antihistamines at a little
bit different dosing schedule than what you would take for your runny nose. But we can help improve their quality of sleep,
improve their quality of life, make them less self-conscious about the rashes and swelling
and really make a difference as we wait for this this condition to run its course.