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Hives / itching

Hives are also known medically as urticaria. Hives present as very itchy areas and may be inflamed. Hives can be chronic (greater than 6 weeks), or acute (less than 6 weeks) in nature. They are superficial and normally skin coloured with some redness around them and can last for a few minutes or up to a day. Anyone can experience hives in their lifetime.

Hives can be caused by allergens, vaccinations, bug bites or viral infections. There is no specific routine diagnostic testing to diagnose urticaria, but bloodwork that looks at inflammatory markers can be ordered or sometimes a skin biopsy can help.  Treatments for hives and itching involve oral antihistamines (allergy medications) and topical creams. In most cases, hives will eventually disappear on their own, or with avoidance of triggers, ie. allergens.


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At Aspire Care Cosmetic Clinic, scheduling a cosmetic consultation is hassle-free, and no referral is needed. However, if your concern leans towards a medical issue, we may guide you to our Skin Clinic. It’s important to note that for consultations with Dr. Wang in our Skin Clinic, an Alberta Health Services (AHS) requirement may necessitate a referral from a licensed medical professional. Examples of such professionals include medical doctors, audiologists, registered midwives, chiropractors, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners. Additionally, please be aware that AHS may require a referral, and it may expire if you haven’t seen Dr. Wang within a year.


Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma, also known as BCC, is the most common form of skin cancer and is rarely life threatening. The main symptoms of BCC involve a slow growing ulcer or nodule that can be skin coloured, pink or pigmented (brown colouring). Basal cell sites can vary in size and are prone to spontaneous bleeding if irritated.

Basal cell carcinomas can be treated with a variety of methods including cryotherapy, skin shaves, excisions or a topical cytoxic cream that is applied directly to the area of concern.


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common type of keratinocyte cancer, originating in cells that produce keratin—essential for skin, hair, and nails. This skin cancer can be invasive, growing below the epidermis. Typically presenting as scaly lumps, often arising from actinic keratosis, SCCs can be tender, painful, and resistant to healing. With increased sun exposure as a risk factor, treatment involves techniques like skin shaving or excision, often requiring lab analysis to ensure complete removal. Sutures close the treated area post-procedure.




Melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer, involves uncontrolled pigment cell (melanocyte) growth. Also known as malignant melanoma, it poses a higher risk with a family history, previous basal or squamous cell carcinoma, or numerous moles. Initially resembling an unusual mole, melanomas can vary in size and color, ranging from tan to black, with evolving pigments. Asymmetrical with irregular borders, they change in size over time. Treatment involves wide excision based on depth and width, ensuring thorough removal. Sutures close the wound, and regular skin checks with follow-ups at Aspire Care Clinic are essential post-procedure.