DO YOU EXPERIENCE CHRONIC HIVES?

Hives (known medically as “urticaria”) are raised, red, itchy areas of skin that vary in size and shape. While each hive typically lasts no more than 6-12 hours, they can disappear from one place and appear in another. Their cause is often elusive, and some individuals have a long-term problem with chronic hives that last more than six weeks or go away and return repeatedly. Treatment includes antihistamines as well as H-2 antagonists, oral corticosteroids, or tricyclic antidepressants. Recent research also indicates that high doses of vitamin D may also work to tame symptoms of chronic hives. In a randomized trial, patients who took 4,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 on top of their allergy medications saw a significant reduction in symptoms.

Hives are just one cause of red and itchy skin. There are many other skin conditions that produce similar dermal reactions. If you are suffering with any abnormal skin inflammation, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGYat 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment. Our board-certified dermatologists will examine you to assess the severity of your condition and your overall health before choosing the best treatment option for you. New patients are always welcome at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

 

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. High doses of vitamin D may help reduce symptoms of chronic hives by regulating the immune system.

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ALARMING INCREASE IN SKIN CANCER INCIDENCE

Over a recent four-decade period, there was a nearly eight-fold increase in the overall incidence of skin cancer among middle-aged U.S. men and women. More specifically, the incidence of skin cancer among Caucasian, non-Hispanic adults ages 40 to 60 increased 4.5-fold among men and 24-fold among women. In particular, women between the ages of 40 and 50 showed the highest rates of increase seen in any group, while women aged 50 years and older displayed a significant increase in melanoma. Most attribute this increase to the popularity of tanning beds, beginning in the 1980s. If there is any good news to report, it is that the overall chances of surviving melanoma increased by 7% for each year of the study.
Although it is encouraging news that the chances of surviving melanoma have improved in recent years, skin cancer is still a serious threat to your well-being. You can help protect yourself by paying close attention to unusual changes in your skin. If you have any questions or concerns, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGYat 630-832-2111to schedule a consultation. We have many options for treating skin cancer and other skin conditions. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, where we welcome new patients. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Melanoma affects 75,000 Americans and results in nearly 9,000 deaths annually.

 

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