Every month, Dr. Sandy Vieder of Lakes Urgent Care answers your questions about timely health issues.

From asthma to flu shots, sports injuries to seasonal health topics, Dr. Sandy Vieder, Medical Director and co-owner of Lakes Urgent Care, answers questions asked by his patients every month.



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Hives

Hives are small areas of swelling that occur on the skin surface in random areas on the body. Other commonly known names for hives include welts or urticaria. The medical term for hives is wheals. Hives typically appear very suddenly and may be pink or red with a raised surface around the edges with associated itching. The vast majority of hives last for a few minutes to a few hours, but in some cases can last for days, despite treatment. Rarely, hives can progress to a more significant allergic reaction that includes swelling of the tongue and throat with difficulty breathing, in which case they are potentially life-threatening.

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Allergic reactions are the primary cause of hives. It can be difficult to determine the specific inciting factors, but there are numerous stimuli that can cause them to appear. Food products, plant contact or ingested medications can cause hives. Physiologically, they occur when there is a large histamine release in the body from specialized blood cells called mast cells. The histamines cause fluid to leak around the blood vessels in the area they appear leading to the skin changes that can be easily seen.

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The diagnosis of hives is visual. There are no specific diagnostic lab or x-ray tests required for the diagnosis. Since the physiologic cause of hives is due to histamine release, we use antihistamine medications in addition to topical or oral steroids as the mainstay of treatment. Applying a cool compress of the affected area can also be symptomatically helpful. If the hives are associated with tongue, lip or throat swelling and difficulty breathing you should seek medical attention immediately at a certified urgent care or emergency department. The vast majority of times, hives occur independent of these more significant symptoms. If you are able to identify the specific stimulus that may have caused hives, it should be eliminated. If you believe the hives are due to direct skin contact, the affected area should be washed to avoid continued exposure and ongoing symptoms.

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Hives

Hives are small areas of swelling that occur on the skin surface in random areas on the body. Other commonly known names for hives include welts or urticaria. The medical term for hives is wheals. Hives typically appear very suddenly and may be pink or red with a raised surface around the edges with associated itching. The vast majority of hives last for a few minutes to a few hours, but in some cases can last for days, despite treatment. Rarely, hives can progress to a more significant allergic reaction that includes swelling of the tongue and throat with difficulty breathing, in which case they are potentially life-threatening.

Category: Hives

Allergic reactions are the primary cause of hives. It can be difficult to determine the specific inciting factors, but there are numerous stimuli that can cause them to appear. Food products, plant contact or ingested medications can cause hives. Physiologically, they occur when there is a large histamine release in the body from specialized blood cells called mast cells. The histamines cause fluid to leak around the blood vessels in the area they appear leading to the skin changes that can be easily seen.

Category: Hives

The diagnosis of hives is visual. There are no specific diagnostic lab or x-ray tests required for the diagnosis. Since the physiologic cause of hives is due to histamine release, we use antihistamine medications in addition to topical or oral steroids as the mainstay of treatment. Applying a cool compress of the affected area can also be symptomatically helpful. If the hives are associated with tongue, lip or throat swelling and difficulty breathing you should seek medical attention immediately at a certified urgent care or emergency department. The vast majority of times, hives occur independent of these more significant symptoms. If you are able to identify the specific stimulus that may have caused hives, it should be eliminated. If you believe the hives are due to direct skin contact, the affected area should be washed to avoid continued exposure and ongoing symptoms.

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"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."

Anthony

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:52:20-05:00

Anthony

"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."
"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."

Tina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:07:50-05:00

Tina

"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."
"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."

Sandi

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:04:47-05:00

Sandi

"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."
"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"

Gail

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:07:36-05:00

Gail

"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"
"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."

Ray

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:11:37-05:00

Ray

"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."
"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."

Jennifer

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T13:12:19-04:00

Jennifer

"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."
"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"

Zoe-Michelle

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:59:03-05:00

Zoe-Michelle

"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"


"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"



Zeina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:38:25-05:00

Zeina

"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"


"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."



Nicholas

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:47:35-05:00

Nicholas

"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."
"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."

Annette

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:45-05:00

Annette

"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."
"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."

Greg

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:38:59-04:00

Greg

"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."
"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"

Pamela

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:07:01-04:00

Pamela

"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"
"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."

Lea Anne

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:26:59-04:00

Lea Anne

"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."
"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."

Dodie

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:29:51-04:00

Dodie

"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."
"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"

Julia

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:06:27-05:00

Julia

"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"
"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."

Jessica

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:12:30-05:00

Jessica

"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."
"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."

Amanda

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:54:48-05:00

Amanda

"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."
"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."

Erika

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:15-05:00

Erika

"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."
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