What are hives?
Hives are an allergic reaction that involves the skin and are caused by a release of histamines, which are chemicals in the cells of the human body that are released during an allergic reaction. They may be released due to a specific reaction or in some cases for unknown reasons. Hives may occur anywhere on the body, but the arms, legs, and torso are most often affected. Hives are very common and can affect any age group.
What are the symptoms of hives?
Common symptoms of hives include raised, red areas on the skin. These areas usually itch, but they may also burn or sting. The size may range from small spots to the size of a dinner plate. These areas may change shape, go away, and come back again in minutes or hours.
What is the treatment for hives?
If you have any difficulty breathing or swallowing seek immediate emergency medical attention.
If you are experiencing hives that last for more than two days, visit Healthcare Clinic for a complete physical examination in order to help determine the cause and appropriate course of treatment to relieve your symptoms.
This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.