July 29, 2016

Allergy (Allergies)

Hives (urticaria)

Hives (urticaria) are skin reactions that appear as red, raised, itchy welts and can occur on any part of the body. Short-lived (acute) hives are often due to an allergic reaction to a food or medication, though they also commonly result from a viral infection in children. Hives that recur over a longer period of time (chronic hives) are rarely due to an allergic reaction. Hive are characterized by

  • raised, red, welts that resolve over hours to a day;
  • intense itching (typically not painful);
  • no residual marks or bruising upon resolution; and
  • association with swelling (particularly of the lips, face, hands, and feet). Continue Reading
Reviewed on 4/18/2016