Santa Rosa Office     Healdsburg Office
6574 Oakmont Dr., Ste. B 301 East Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Healdsburg, CA 95448
   

 

A series of educational announcementsby Dr. Westrom,

as heard on KZST, KJZY, KTRY, and KWVF:

 

 


 

Article from Healdburg Tribune. April 2014


 

 

Hives are characterized as itchy red, raised welts (also known as wheals) on the skin's surface that can spread or join together and form larger areas of raised lesions. They are generally triggered by exposure to an allergen or chemical irritant. They tend to appear suddenly and often disappear equally as suddenly.

Hives are usually an allergic reaction to food, medicine or animals. They can also be triggered by sun exposure, stress, excessive perspiration or other, more serious diseases, such as lupus. Anyone can get hives. They are harmless and non-contagious. Hives may itch, burn or sting. They rarely need medical attention as they tend to disappear on their own. However, in persistent cases, your dermatologist may prescribe antihistamines or oral corticosteroids. The best way to prevent hives is to discontinue exposure to the allergic irritant.

Hives lasting more than six weeks are known as chronic urticaria or, if there is swelling below the surface of the skin, angioedema. There are no known causes of angioedema, but it can affect internal organs and therefore requires medical attention.


WALK-IN CLINIC

We offer a WALK-IN CLINIC for patients with a single skin problem that cannot wait for a scheduled appointment. 

In our Santa Rosa and Healdsburg offices, we offer WALK-IN CLINIC services for patients with one single skin problem. WALK-IN CLINIC hours vary, for this week's clinic hours, please call our office (707)579-4239.

We ask that you GIVE US A CALL on any day that you are considering coming to the clinic to make sure we are having WALK-IN CLINIC that day.

We do not offer any cosmetic services or screening full body skin exams during the WALK-IN CLINIC.  Please schedule a regular appointment for these needs.