Dr. Michael Cater Discusses Hives, Rashes

Hives and rashes can be caused by environmental factors, or reactions to food, medicine or a foreign agent, Dr. Michael Cater, a CHOC Children’s pediatrician, tells “American Health Journal.”

Ninety percent of rashes can be diagnosed based on their appearance and clinical presentation, says Dr. Cater. Many rashes and hives disappear quickly on their own without diagnosis, but rashes that are painful and persistent, and associated with fever, abdominal pain and sore joints need immediate attention, he adds.

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Michael Cater, M.D., attended medical school at Loma Linda University. He completed his internship and his residency training at UC Irvine. He is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Cater is affiliated with the Orange County Medical Association, California Medical Association and the American Board of Pediatrics.

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