Hives Atlanta, GA2021-10-29T10:01:55-04:00

Stop the itch.

When welts appear on your skin, it can cause itching, pain, and unsightly discoloration. You try to ignore it, treating it with over-the-counter creams. Still, the problem persists. If that sounds like you, then call us for relief.
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Stop the itch.

When welts appear on your skin, it can cause itching, pain, and unsightly discoloration. You try to ignore it, treating it with over-the-counter creams. Still, the problem persists. If that sounds like you, then call us for relief.
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Acute hives may clear up in a few weeks. Chronic hives are defined as a case lasting more than six weeks or as a recurring problem over months or years.

We can help determine the cause of your hives and formulate a customized treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms. If you are experiencing the following symptoms you should seek treatment:

  • Varying sizes of welts which come and go
  • Itchy patches of red or discolored skin
  • Sleeplessness caused by welt pain or itching
  • Repeated outbreaks of welts over months or years
  • Painful swelling of throat, lips, eyelids

As a stand-alone problem, hives are not a medical emergency. However, if these occur as part of a bigger issue such as a serious allergic reaction, especially in a child, you should seek emergency care. For instance, seek help if itchy hives are accompanied by dizziness, breathing trouble, and/or lip, eyelid or tongue swelling.

A welt occurs when a histamine is released into certain cells. Determining a cause is helpful, but it is not always possible. Outbreaks could be caused by:

  • Pain medications
  • Insect bites
  • Parasites
  • Infection
  • Alcohol or food
  • Allergic reaction

With chronic cases, it may be easier to identify triggers rather than causes. In some cases, avoiding the triggers may prevent or slow outbreaks:

  • Heat or cold
  • Sunlight
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Pressure from tight clothing

If you are dealing with the pain and itch of hives, there are treatments available. Your dermatologist will need an accurate list of your recent/current medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins. It is also important to inform your doctor about all of your current conditions. In the short term, you may get a prescription for itching and pain. In the long run, addressing hives may require a lifestyle approach to eliminating the symptoms and/or cause.

Your dermatologist will eliminate direct causes such as medications and bug bites. Beyond that, there are some blood and skin tests that may find an underlying cause. In many cases, the treatment will be aimed at helping you with the symptoms. The dermatologist at may prescribe medications based on your current hives, your hives history and other factors. Prescriptions may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as oral corticosteroids
  • Histamine H-2 blockers (pill or injection)
  • Asthma drugs with antihistamines (long-term prescription)
  • Immune-suppressing drugs
  • Man-made antibodies (monthly injection)

For those with chronic hives, it helps to keep a diary. Your dermatologist may be able to use this information to determine underlying causes. Here are some questions your dermatologist may ask. You can be ready by making brief notes ahead of your visit:

  • How frequently do you get welts?
  • What are the locations of welts on your body?
  • How many days between welt appearance and fade?
  • What are your symptoms? Itching, discoloration, painful swelling, etc.
  • Are your symptoms causing you to lose sleep?
  • Have you noticed triggers (exercise, heat, cold, stress, etc.)?
  • What medications, supplements, etc. are you taking?
  • What is your diet? Do you often try new foods/drinks?
  • Describe any recent travel (beach, woods, foreign country, etc.).
  • Describe your normal routine (work, exercise, etc.).

Babies, children, and teens often suffer from hives. These youngsters deserve the best of care to relieve their symptoms. It is also critical to protect their young skin from creams and treatments that could cause damage. MetroDerm’s pediatric dermatologists specialize in making your little ones feel better. Finding answers now may relieve current and future suffering from this chronic condition.

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A mommy makeover is a set of procedures designed to restore and invigorate a woman after her body has undergone the strain of childbearing. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth, and raising children each create different problems for women; therefore, the mommy makeover is unique for each patient. Drs. Farzad Nahai and Foad Nahai are an expert in customizing plans that address each patient’s specific areas of concern.

A mommy makeover is a custom procedure that addresses a women’s common cosmetic concerns after childbearing. Good candidates for a mommy makeover typically notice several of the following bodily changes:

  • Sagging, drooping, or deflated breasts due to excess skin or loss of volume;
  • Redundant abdominal skin;
  • Protruding abdomen due to stretched or torn muscles;
  • Isolated fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, lower back, thighs, upper arms, or chin;
  • Stretch marks; and
  • Premature facial aging or signs of exhaustion.

The best candidates for mommy makeover surgery are healthy, active women who have finished breastfeeding. While a mommy makeover will not impact your ability to have children in the future, another pregnancy can impact results, so ideal candidates for a mommy makeover are finished having children.

While every mommy makeover procedure plan is as unique as the individual patient, there are a few procedures that are most frequently included to achieve optimal results.

  • Breast Lift: A breast lift counteracts sagging and restore sbreast shape. Because moms often experience a “deflated” breast appearance once breastfeeding is complete and extra breast volume is lost, we may recommend a breast lift with augmentation. This procedure both lifts the breasts and adds volume through the placement of breast implants.
  • Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens stretched abdominal muscles in the upper and lower abdomen. A tummy tuck can also repair separation of abdominal muscles, which can be an uncomfortable condition for some women.
  • Liposuction: This procedure removes pockets of diet-and-exercise-resistant fat for a more contoured look.
 It is often performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, or arms.

The mommy makeover includes procedures and treatments that best address your concerns. Many women also consider other procedures such as a thigh lift, butt lift, and even facial procedures to tighten the skin. Because a procedure, or combination of procedures, is unique for each patient, exact recovery times will differ. During your consultation, you will be instructed on pre- and post-operative care. It is important to follow recovery guidelines for patient safety and optimal results.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results of treatment may vary.

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“Dr. Neckman came highly recommended by my wife, and I was a little nervous on my first visit. She made me feel very comfortable and almost like a sister was looking out for her brother. She explained everything very well and took care of me with speed and compassion. Couldn’t recommend a dermatologist more.”
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