Chrissy Teigen and her family have been on a tropical vacation for about a week now—but it looks like things haven't been all sunshine and boat rides. On Monday, Chrissy, 33, took to Twitter to talk about hives she somehow contracted. And in typical Chrissy fashion, she asked if people wanted to see them. "I have hives on my butt," she wrote. "Do you want to see it? It's gross."
Apparently the people spoke and did not want to see her butt hives (IDK why not, TBH), so Chrissy asked if they wanted to see her "thigh hives" instead, adding that they were "very similar and includes fun stretchies [a.k.a. stretch marks]."
Once she was given the all-clear for the thigh hives pic, she posted—and did not disappoint.
Of course, the burning question here is why did Chrissy have hives in the first place? Twitter, of course, had some opinions on that, too (including Jen Gunter, M.D., an ob-gyn and pain medicine physician), along with some treatment suggestions.
Hives are actually super common—anyone can get them, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). These itchy, round, red welts on your skin are typically caused by an allergic reaction to food, skincare products, or medication, says Gary Goldenberg, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. (So, if Chrissy ate, used, or took anything new, that might be the reason for her thigh hives.)
“[Hives] occur due to the release of too much histamine in the skin,” says Goldenberg. (FYI: Histamine is a chemical released by the body's immune system).“This causes swelling, itching, and redness. Each individual hive usually lasts up to 24 hours.”
According to the AAD, hives can also be caused by infections (like a cold), exposure to sun, exercise, stress, and even just scratching your skin.
Either way, hives typically go away on their own, but you can try to treat them at home with antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin, says Goldenberg. But if they last for longer than two weeks, don’t get better when you take an antihistamine, or are just making you bonkers, it’s time to see a dermatologist.
It's still TBD on what caused Chrissy's hives, but here's to hoping they go away soon—and that maybe she'll show us those butt hives too.
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