Chronic Hives Can be a Serious Problem
The hives most people get aren’t a problem. Chronic hives, on the other hand, can be a serious problem. We all experience hives at some point during our lives. We’re exposed to some unknown allergen and then develop a group of itchy, red or white raised bumps. We treat them with a topical ointment or an over-the-counter antihistamine and they disappear.
If the hives are particularly severe, a doctor may prescribe a stronger medication to treat them. They don’t appear again and we go years before experiencing another case of the hives. That’s known as acute urticaria. It’s normal, predictable and doesn’t represent a major medical issue. Our skin is our biggest organ and is quite resilient, but it isn’t invincible. Occasional outbreaks and irritations aren’t a cause for alarm. Some people, however, suffer from hives that last for six weeks or longer.
When they manage to get their chronic hives under control, the relief is only temporary. They soon reappear. These cases of chronic hives aren’t life threatening, but they do represent a serious problem. Initially, chronic hives can be a signifier of a more serious underlying condition. In some cases, hives repeatedly appear due to an autoimmune problem, a potentially threatening thyroid condition or a serious condition such as lupus.
That’s one reason why anyone who experiences chronic hives needs to visit a physician upon noticing the problem. Additionally, chronic hives have a significant, negative impact on the quality of the sufferer’s life. The itching can be unbearable and painful. The welts themselves are unattractive. Living with frequent outbursts of hives is an unpleasant experience and is reason to solicit professional medical advice and assistance. Finally, a chronic condition can be remarkably hard to effectively manage.
Patients often find that traditional solutions fail to produce lasting results. In fact, the medications used to treat the symptoms of chronic urticaria may actual backfire, encouraging future outbreaks. That’s one reason why many of those wrestling with frequent hives make a point of pursuing natural remedies and cures for the problem. Acute hives aren’t pleasant. However, they’re a temporary discomfort and don’t present any serious issue for the sufferer. Chronic hives, on the other hand, are worthy of close attention. They could be a sign of a more serious problem, they have a negative impact on the quality of life of the sufferer and they can be hard to effectively manage with traditional treatments strategies.
Guest Article: Chronic Hives by Colin Perry