Hives Specialist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC -  - Allergist

Steven Schnipper, MD PC

Allergist located in Murray Hill, New York, NY & New Rochelle, NY

A series of itchy red bumps on your skin can be a minor inconvenience or cause severe itching that comes back day after day. At the offices of Steven Schnipper MD PC in Murray Hill, Manhattan, and New Rochelle, NY, Steven Schnipper, MD, a board-certified allergist, can help you find out what triggers your hives and provide appropriate treatment. To learn more about hives and what causes them, call the office nearest you for an appointment or book your visit online today.

Hives Q & A

What are hives?

Hives are a form of rash characterized by red bumps, swelling, and itchiness. They typically appear and disappear very quickly, but the itching can be very severe while you have them. If you press on a hive, it turns white but goes back to its pink or red color soon after you take your finger off it. 

Hives can be acute or chronic. With acute hives the allergy causing it can frequently be obvious, while in chronic hives, the allergy causing it may not be obvious at all.  

If you get hives often and don’t know why, Dr. Schnipper can help you. He might perform a skin test with potential allergens to find out if your hives are due to an allergic reaction. 

What causes hives?

Hives have many potential causes. You might get them from an allergy, or you might get them because of an illness. Common allergens that can cause hives as part of a reaction include:

  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Latex
  • Certain medications
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish

Other potential causes of hives that aren’t necessarily allergens are:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections
  • Sun exposure
  • Exercise
  • Blood transfusions

It isn’t always easy to find the cause of your hives, especially if you have sensitive skin that reacts to many different triggers. Dr. Schnipper offers allergy testing to help identify your allergen. Even if it is not an allergy, he can offer appropriate medication to get your hives under control.  

How are hives treated?

The best way to avoid hives is to find out what triggers them for you and avoid your trigger as much as possible. Allergy testing can sometimes be helpful in identifying potential allergens. 

Dr. Schnipper will also help designing a personalized treatment plan. Different medications or combinations of medications may be appropriate, and Dr. Schnipper will discuss these with you. Most patients have already tried antihistamines, but there are other medications that may give additional relief. 

To find out why your skin breaks out in hives, call Steven Schnipper MD PC or book your appointment online today.