When a man does a major disrobe and presents his manhood to a partner – especially a new partner – the last thing he wants to worry about are unsightly penis bumps. He wants his partner to respond with a delighted “Oooooh!” rather than a displeased “Eww!” Certainly paying close attention to adequate penis health can help prevent penis bumps, but knowing the cause of the condition is necessary for treatment. In some cases, those penis bumps may be classified as hives.
What are hives?
Often when people think of hives, they think of it in a metaphorical way, as when someone says “That scary scene in the movie really gave me hives!” But just what are hives, anyway?
Hives are a dermatological issue that present as “welts” on the skin. These welts may be of any size and may or may not be raised and bump-like; sometimes they have a somewhat “crusted” appearance, like a scab. These circular marks are red or pink and they have a tendency to itch. Their medical name is urticaria, but they are also known as a nettle rash.
Urticaria is a superficial condition, meaning it occurs on top of the skin. If the swelling occurs underneath the skin, it is referred to as angioedema.
An individual hive has a short “life span,” usually disappearing in 24 hours or so – but it often is replaced by a new one in the same general area. The welts often appear in clusters. In an acute case of hives, they may appear and disappear continuously for up to six weeks. Cases that last longer than six weeks are considered chronic hives.
Hives are quite common; an estimated one in five people will contract hives in its acute form at some time in their lives.
What causes them?
There can be many different “triggers” for an outbreak of hives. In general, it’s easier to determine the cause of acute hives; sometimes it is impossible to determine why a person has chronic hives.
Among the causes commonly associated with acute hives cases are:
– Food allergies. Some people develop hives from specific foods. Common culprits include fruits (with an emphasis on citrus varieties), nuts, berries, eggs, shellfish and milk.
– Insect bites.
– Latex (which can have a definite impact on penis bumps when a latex condom is employed during sex).
– Chemical contact.
– Prolonged exposure to sunlight.
– Medications (especially those for high blood pressure, heart issues, anxiety or inflammation).
As mentioned, determining the cause of chronic hives is often more difficult. Some factors often responsible for this condition include stress, exercise, heat, and in some cases, pregnancy.
The most common treatment for hives is antihistamines, although these do not so much treat the disorder itself as help to relieve the itching associated with it. In some instances, a doctor may prescribe other treatment, such as prednisone.