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.