Eczema & Hives
Treatments for Skin Conditions
If you have a family history of allergies or allergic asthma, you may be prone to developing certain skin conditions, especially in childhood. It is also true that if you have skin conditions such as eczema or hives, allergies and asthma may not be far behind. That’s because an overactive immune system response is at the root of all of these allergy-associated conditions.
So, what exactly are eczema and hives?
Eczema refers to itchy, red, dry, and inflamed patches that appear on your skin, most commonly inside the elbows, at the backs of knees, and on the hands, feet, and face – especially around the eyes. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis that, at its core, represents a dysfunction of the skin barrier. Reactions to environmental allergens (and occasionally food allergens) can worsen this allergic rash.
Hives are red, raised, itchy bumps on the skin that come in many different sizes and shapes. The medical term for hives is urticaria. Hives can be the result of a reaction to a food allergen, a medicine, a stinging insect, or an environmental allergen.
Keeping allergies in check can clearly benefit your skin by helping to prevent outbreaks of eczema and hives.
Eczema & Hives Treatment in Will County & DuPage County, IL
Optimal control of your allergies can help prevent outbreaks of skin conditions like eczema and hives. These chronic conditions can be frustrating to treat. There are numerous possible causes, and some detective work and diagnostic testing are often needed to identify the responsible allergen. Meanwhile, most people suffering from eczema or hives just want the rash gone.
By choosing the board-certified allergy specialists at Oak Brook Allergists, you receive the immediate medical care you need. We work with you to calm your symptoms and treat the itch and pain. We also offer much more: our healthcare team is dedicated to identifying and treating the root cause of your symptoms.
Our experts start with a complete family and medical history. It is important to know if other family members have suffered from eczema, asthma, hay fever, or other allergies.
While there is no cure for eczema, the providers at Oak Brook Allergists have the training and knowledge to diagnose and treat eczema in infants, children, and adults. In most cases, medications and immunotherapy (allergy shots and oral immunotherapy) offer long-lasting relief. We also offer new biologic medications to treat the most severe cases of both eczema and chronic hives.
If you or someone you care for suffers from eczema or hives, see the allergy specialists at Oak Brook Allergists in northeast Illinois for long-term relief. Call us at (630) 574-0460 for more information or request your appointment now.