Summer is here in the city and people across the NYC are enjoying in the sun among the green grass and huge trees. For majority of New Yorkers, summer also brings in the late night BBQs. However, there is one more thing that summers bring — hives. Hives is a common and pesky health condition that makes it difficult to enjoy the season. A timely visit to our urgent care clinic can help you reduce the effect of the skin condition and enjoy the season in any way you want.
What Are Hives?
As a skin reaction, urticaria or hives result in red welts or bumps on the skin. These bumps are raised and are extremely itchy. Often, they can sting or burn too. Different in every individual, hives can either be a single welt or they can form a patch. This form of hives are also known as plaque.
While the hives often disappear on their own, the welts can last about 6 to 12 hours.
Why are hives common during summer?
There is a form of hive that results the sweat of the body. This particular skin condition is known as cholinergic urticaria and it is a reaction that occurs when the immunoglobulin is released during the sweat. This generally happens when you are exercising or there is an increase in the body temperature. The condition in turn causes more sweat which lead to increased in the number of welts.
Allergies to fish
Another reason behind the hives is an allergic reaction to the shellfish. According to the experts at our urgent care clinic, the allergy to the shellfish can result in the red, itchy welts. This can even happen if you are allergic to shrimp, scallops, oysters or crabs. If you are allergic to these seafood, make sure you check the ingredients when you go on a tropical vacation.
*Various other causes of hives
*Allergens (pollen, pet dander, latex)
*Unknown medical conditions
Do you know hives can appear anywhere on the body
It is quite the misconception that hives can only happen on neck, chest or face. However, it can appear anywhere on the body. There have been quite a few cases of hives on feet back, legs and hands at our urgent care clinic.
It is very necessary to know about the outbreak of hives. As it can be caused because of an allergy, a full examination by our experts is necessary. Hives are not the cause to go to an ER but a visit to the urgent care clinic is a necessity.
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