Rashes and hives both can cause changes in the skin that can be irritating, itchy or painful. However, while similar, rashes and hives are different conditions. If you have reoccurring rashes or hives that are uncomfortable, there are options to provide relief. At Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, we offer rashes/hives treatment at our urgent care center in Los Angeles, CA.
Rashes vs. Hives
Rashes are described as any discoloration of the skin, which may also include changes to the texture. Rashes can be red bumps, scaly skin, cracked skin or any other sudden change and may occur anywhere on the body. Rashes may or may not cause itching, pain or skin sensitivity, and often the skin will feel warm to the touch.
Hives are a type of rash, but they have distinct characteristics. Hives are raised bumps or welts on the skin that can be skin-colored or red, but they are always itchy. Anyone can have hives, and they can occur anywhere on the body.
Causes of Rashes and Hives
Infants, children and adults can all experience rashes and hives. They are very common skin conditions that usually go away on their own. Individuals with allergies tend to be more prone to both these changes in the skin. Most hives are caused by allergic reactions to foods, airborne allergens or other substances, but they can also have other triggers similar to rashes. Some possible causes of rashes include:
- Contact dermatitis
- Bug bites
- Skin infections
- Allergic eczema
Chronic rashes or hives are conditions that can last for weeks and may be recurring. This can impact quality of life when the skin is constantly irritated, requiring treatment for relief. Treatments can include medications, both oral and topical, as well as lifestyle changes to avoid triggers.
If you are experiencing painful or itchy rashes or hives, contact our medical team at Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor. We can provide diagnosis for your skin condition and rashes/hives treatment. Call our urgent care center in Los Angeles, CA, to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified physicians.