Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Urticaria (Hives) Specialist

Hives can cause annoying symptoms, and in some cases, they can be dangerous. Dr. Bhatia helps patients in the San Diego, CA, area determine the cause of hives so they can avoid triggering events, and he also provides effective treatments to quickly relieve symptoms.

Urticaria Q & A

by Neal Bhatia, MD

What are hives?

Hives (or urticaria) are small, reddish raised areas that appear suddenly on the surface of the skin, sometimes occurring singly, but often occurring in groups called plaques. They can cause symptoms like itching, burning or stinging, and they can appear anywhere on the skin, as well as inside the throat or mouth. Most hives resolve within a a few hours, but when the cause of hives is not identified and eliminated, the hives can persist for much longer.

What causes hives to occur?

Most hives are caused by allergic reactions to foods, medication, pet dander, skin products, soap or detergents, plants like poison ivy or other allergens, but in some people, they can also be caused by:

  • metabolic disease

  • problems with the immune system

  • stress

  • infection

Dr. Bhatia will perform a complete evaluation, including discussing what you were doing just before you noticed the hives, to determine the underlying cause.

What treatments are available?

The first step in treating hives is identifying what caused them – the trigger – so it can be avoided. To treat symptoms, Dr. Bhatia may prescribe oral medications or topical creams or lotions to relieve itching and help skin “calm” itself. Cool compresses can also be applied to the skin to help reduce the itchiness. In severe cases, such as when the mouth or throat are affected or when severe swelling occurs under the skin (a condition known as angioedema), an injection of epinephrine may be needed to resolve symptoms and prevent breathing issues. Hives that occur in the mouth or throat should be treated as a medical emergency since they can interfere with breathing. When an allergy is suspected, Dr. Bhatia may order lab work or skin tests to determine or confirm the cause.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.

Please note - We do not accept Covered California

All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***

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Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I absolutely love Dr. Bhatia. I originally came for an extreme case of eczema. Not only did he solve this but him and his nurse are always incredibly sweet."

    Laura A.
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    "I've been going to Therapeutics for quite a few years, and they are like a family to me now. The staff is always courteous and caring. "

    Stacey S.
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    "I've been going to Therapeutics for six years and have nothing but great things to say. I have psoriasis and as a leading research clinic they have been very helpful"

    Mark P.
  • Google

    Amazing doctor, friendly staff and very cooperative. I have been Dr. Bhatia's patient for more that two years now. Highly recommend!

    Ali A
  • Google

    Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.

    Jonathan A
  • Google

    Dr. Bhatia is passionate about his work and is dedicated to remaining educated and staying at the forefront of his field.

    Vaill D.
  • Google

    Both the PA and doc were very cordial, professional, knowledgeable and capable. They are also big on patient education, which I appreciated.

  • Google

    Dr. Neal Bhatis is great. I felt him to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to discuss my concerns with. I would never hesitate to go back to see him again

    Bobby H.
  • Yelp

    Dr. Bhatia was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. His staff is very professional as well and answered all of my questions.

    Greg G.
  • ZocDoc

    Very friendly and easy going doctor! He was knowledgeable and explained my skin condition very well!

    Athena L.
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    Dr Bahtia is very knowledgeable, patient, respectful, informative and easy going. He gave me lots of new suggestions for protecting myself from the sun!

    Linda S.
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    Dr. Bhatia is funny and knowledgable. His staff was kind. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of stuff and advice.

    Brianna E.
Therapeutics Clinical Research
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 105
Kearny Mesa

San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-571-6800
Fax: 858-571-6801
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