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Relief from Hives

Relief from Hives

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Hives are raised, red welts on the skin resulting from an itchy rash, usually triggered by an allergen.

Approximately 20% of us will experience hives at some in our lives. Knowing how to achieve relief from hives when they occur is key to comfort and reduced family stress and anxiety.

When we receive patients at our Florida dermatology clinics with hives, they invariably ask, “Are hives contagious?”  We wish there were a simple answer. Actually, there is. Hives themselves are not contagious. This means if you come into contact with someone who has broken out with hives, you will not all of the sudden have hives too. The key here with the contagious question is what caused the hives. If it was simply an allergen or too much time in the sun, there is nothing contagious to spread. If the hives were caused by an infection or viral condition, the person with the hives may be contagious. Infections that may induce hives can be the following:

Hives Causes that are Contagious

Hives usually subside within 48 hours of an outbreak. An exception to this is for those with chronic hives. These 48 hours of having hives can be excruciating. We have provided some handy tips on how to get relief after a hives outbreak.

The following tips will help you reduce the irritation from hives:

Tips to improve comfort during hives outbreak

  • Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid scratching
  • Use mild soaps when bathing
  • Cool the affected area with lotion, cold water, a fan, a cool compress, or a shower
  • Take an oatmeal bath with tepid water.
  • Avoid additional triggers

It is important to know when to see a doctor with any of these symptoms.

When to See a Physician for Hives

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate hives and offer treatment options.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist near your area of Florida.

*Thank you to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for the use of the hives photo.


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What You Should Know Before Getting Microneedling

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So you have done your research and are ready to move forward with microneedling. You set time in your schedule and make an appointment. You have everything set even the downtime away from friends to avoid the “What did you have done?” questions. If you find out you cannot move forward for some reason, it can be a real disappointment. Imagine arriving and checking in, getting settled in a comfy chair and being told by your dermatology clinic that you have to reschedule.

This failure and disappointment can be completely avoided. Some more obvious things to avoid prior to microneedling are retinol treatments or product use the day before your scheduled service. What may not be so obvious is regularly taking ibuprofen or naproxen.

Here is a list of things that will prevent you from receiving microneedling services with Rejuvapen:

Things to Avoid Before Microneedling

  • Received spa or cosmetic treatments to areas of face or neck that would increase skin sensitivity or compromise skin integrity.
  • Used tanning booths or received extended amount of sunlight exposure.
  • Recent use of products or medications containing retinoid or Vitamin A derivatives.
  • Used autoimmune medications or therapies
  • Chronic use of NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen.
  • Received Botox treatment within the past 2 weeks
  • Received filler treatment within the past 2-4 weeks

Come with a clean face and no makeup.

Any other questions? Ask your local dermatologist.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Most of our locations offer microneedling and other cosmetic services.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist near your area of Florida.


Is Rosacea Contagious?

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When you first notice frequent flushing on your face, you may have a condition called rosacea. If your dermatologist confirms you do have rosacea, your first thought may be, “I don’t want anyone to see me like this.” The good news is, it’s treatable. The second thought you will likely have is the following: “Is it contagious?” You definitely don’t want to expose your friends and family if it is.

What if you are not the one diagnosed? What if a friend or acquaintance tells you a confirmed diagnosis was received? Most people wonder immediately if it is a contagious condition and err on the side of caution by keeping a distance from the person with rosacea.

What is Rosacea: Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the central portion of the face causing redness (flushing) that may be accompanied by pimples, visible blood vessels, eye irritation or other signs. Flare-ups often occur with triggers of the condition. Remission is also commonly experienced.

Rosacea most commonly affects adults over the age of thirty. If a friend or family member shares a rosacea diagnosis, you may wonder if there is any risk with minor physical contact such as hand shaking or hugging at social functions.

To answer the question, “Is rosacea contagious?”

rosacea pimples redness face photos NRS - Is Rosacea Contagious?Rest assured, rosacea is not contagious. There is no medical evidence that rosacea is contagious. You cannot pass the infection by physical touch or by airborne contact such as breathing in bacteria from someone who has been diagnosed with rosacea.

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea can worsen over time. The good news is that it is treatable. Seek out a dermatologist as soon as possible if you have some or all of the warning signs of rosacea.

Some key signs include the following:

Facial redness that continues over time

Frequent flushing of the face

Small red bumps with possible pus

Blood vessels which show through the skin

Increase in skin’s thickness

Coarseness of the skin

Watery or red eyes (irritation)

Be sure to seek medical attention if your skin shows signs of rosacea.

Did you know that rosacea affects millions of people in the US?  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this skin condition affects more than 14 million people in the United States. That number translates into 1 in 20 people being affected in the United States. In all likelihood you know several people who have this condition. The total number or cases may actually be understated. The National Rosacea Society (NSR) estimates two million more for a total of 16 million with the condition in the US.

According to the NSR, any skin type may be affected, yet those who tend to easily flush are more likely to be diagnosed. It affects women and men differently. Women tend to have a concentration of affected areas on the chin and cheeks. For men, the nose is a predominant area for flare-ups.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to treat clinical conditions, such as rosacea.

Call Suncoast Skin Solutions to help you locate an experienced dermatologist in your area of Florida.


*Photos courtesy of the National Rosacea Society

5 Common Skin Rashes in Adults

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Imagine waking up Monday morning with a rash that covers most of your face? Getting it evaluated moves to the top task on your priority list for the day. Most of us have had periodic rashes as adults. Seeing a rash appear on your skin can be alarming. Rashes call also be painful or severely itchy. In many cases, you will have no clue what may have caused the rash, when to see a doctor, and how to get rid of the rash. If your skin suddenly develops a rash, you will want to know what it is. Below are some descriptions of common rashes. Be sure to see a dermatologist if you suspect you may have a serious rash. As you will see, symptoms can overlap. A rash can be a sign of something more serious occurring in the body. Getting your rash properly identified and treated right away can bring rapid relief.

Is your rash contagious?

Let this blog article be a reference for some of the most common conditions that result in adult rashes and whether the rash may be contagious.

According to the dermatologists at Suncoast Skin Solutions, a rash is defined as any type of skin inflammation in which the skin shows a change in texture, color, or appearance, resulting in scaly, dry, cracked, itchy, red, discolored, or bumpy skin. Not only can rashes be painful, they can also have a negative psychological effect on patients. Early evaluation is the key to addressing and treating the root cause.

We will periodically include additional articles about adult rashes and conditions that often result in the appearance of skin rashes. For this blog article we have included five.

The following 5 conditions commonly cause rashes among adults:


  • Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by facial flushing, and a broad spectrum of clinical signs, including erythema, telangiectasia, coarseness of skin, and an inflammatory papulopustular eruption that presents as pimples or red bumps.
  • Flare-ups can be triggered by a number of stimuli such as alcoholic beverages, spicy foods, stress, sunlight, medicines, and other factors.
  • There are several types of rosacea. Treatment options vary for each type and can involve surgical or laser interventions.
  • Some symptoms and signs common of rosacea include raised, red bumps or pimples, facial flushing skin sensitivity, facial redness, thickening of the skin, and eye irritation.


  • Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus or VZV.
  • If you have had chickenpox in earlier years, you have a chance of developing shingles. They are caused by the same virus.
  • The varicella virus is contagious when it reaches the blister form, prior to crusting over. A person with shingles blisters can transmit the virus onto another person, which could result in the development of chickenpox
  • Before the rash surfaces, pain or itching may occur in the area that will be affected.
  • The rash generally appears on one side of the face or torso.
  • The rash itself is painful with blisters similar in appearance to chickenpox. Shooting pain may accompany the rash. According to the CDC, the blisters scab over in a week to ten days and the rash goes away in two to four weeks.
  • Shingles symptoms may include headache, chills, fever, a stomach pain, and fatigue.
  • A person can develop shingles anytime after having the chicken pox. Shingles is more common in older adults. The CDC recommends people 50 years and older receive a shingles vaccine called Shingrix®.

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  • Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection characterized by scaly rashes, with a circular shape and a raised border.
  • Clear and healthy skin usually appears in the midsection of the ring.
  • Topical treatments can be effective treatments.

Contact Dermatitis

  • Contact dermatitis results from an allergic reaction to a substance or direct contact with an irritating substance.
  • The rash usually manifests itself a few hours or even minutes of coming into contact with the allergen or irritant and can last for weeks.
  • Contact dermatitis is not contagious.
  • The skin rash is red and usually accompanied by scaly, dry, and/or itchy skin. Some blisters may appear and ooze, weep, or become crusty. The rash usually has distinct borders.

Rashes resulting from Flea Bites

  • Flea bites can occur anywhere in the body. They commonly occur on the feet and ankles because fleas often jump on humans from the ground, such as the grass outside or carpet indoors.
  • The resulting rash is characterized by red, itchy bumps with a central red spot. These bumps may be surrounded by a red halo.
  • Flea bites have a risk of becoming infected.
  • Fleas carry diseases such as marine typhus.
  • Symptoms usually manifest immediately a person is bitten by the flea.

If you have a rash that is concerning to you, the best thing to do is get it checked out by a dermatologist experienced with clinical skin conditions and their treatments.

Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate rashes and offer treatment options.

Call us to help you locate an experienced dermatologist in your area of Florida.


  • Photos courtesy of the National Rosacea Society