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What Are Hives?

What Are Hives?

Experiencing itchy discomfort and red rashes lately? This might be an indication that hives start to reveal on your skin. To further configure that you are a suspect of diagnosing hives, a discussion is provided below.

So, what are hives? Hives or welts are medically termed as urticaria derived from the Latin word for “nettle”. Hives are defined as red, itchy, swollen, raised skin rash which can look like a group of mosquito bites. They are accompanied by stinging or burning sensation. They are a common allergic reaction which can occur anywhere on the body in as small as a pencil eraser or as large as a dinner plate. They can also join to form extremely large areas that are called plaques.

Often, they appear in clusters with new clusters appearing as other areas clear.  These bumps range from nickel to quarter sized lesions.

What causes hives?

Hives arise suddenly and may leave quickly in 1-2 hours or can last as long as 48 hours. They can affect people of all ages. They rash can rapidly and repeatedly change in location, size and shape. Over one-fifth of the population has suffered an eruption of hives at some point in their lives.
Hives are the way the skin sometimes reacts to allergies, physical irritation, stress, or emotions. They occur due special cells that start releasing histamine both immunologic and non-immunologic factors and other vaso-active chemicals. The release of histamine can lead to destabilize the blood vessels.

It makes the blood vessels leak fluid into the deepest layers of skin resulting to the development of red blotches or welts. The often intensely itchy wheals that result may disappear in minutes or hours, and usually within a couple of days. But while you have them, you may not want to appear all swollen and scratching in public.

Here are a few things you can do that may relieve the itch and swelling. Like many remedies, what works for some won’t work for others, so experimentation is in order. First thing is to knowing the basics of home care on hives.
•    Apply a face washer soaked in cool water to relieve the itching and stinging.
•    Try a lukewarm shower. Some people may find that heat makes the itching worse.
•    Use a product such as Allstop ProEcza to reduce the itch and heal the infection and inflammation.
•    Calamine lotion is also used to stop the itch, but does not heal the skin and inflammation.
•    Wear loose clothing.
•    If possible, identify and avoid the hives trigger. These are only homely care.

How Long Do Hives Last?

How Long Do Hives Last?

Are you trapped into something that you wanted to go out? Probably, it is in a form of emotional disturbance, ailment, or pressure related work. In most cases, people hope not to get sick especially if it shows. Hives is an example.

Urticaria, a medical term for hives, is characterized by red, itchy, swollen, raised skin rash which look like a group of mosquito bites. Hives as normally called is a common allergic reaction which can occur anywhere on the body. When one is affected with hives, it is causing much discomfort to the patient. The rashes are accompanied by stinging or burning sensation. Usually, the patients anticipate for its departure.

Hives are a common occurrence, affecting up to 25% of the population at least once in their lives. Approximately 1 in 6 people will develop hives some time during their life and are most common in children. They eventually disappear in most people. They can be short term, lasting only a few days to six weeks, but they can be chronic and last for months or years. They may reappear following infection, when under stress or for no particular reason.  A hives rash can last for weeks if not treated properly, however most cases only last several days or as little as several hours if you are lucky enough to have a less severe hives outbreak.

Since hives can come and go so swiftly, a very significant percentage of cases are never accurately diagnosed. The hives can appear and disappear without any explanation of what caused them or cured them. Skin testing may be used in finding the source; a detailed history is usually more rewarding. The patient can record everything that was ingested or touched for the 24 hours prior to the outbreak and bring this to the physician. Chronic hives can be especially frustrating for patients. They may or not be related to an allergy. In some cases the cause is never identified.

However, hives can shorten its stay if given the immediate diagnosis and treatment. Early notice of the symptoms is such of great in preventing its spread in other parts of the body. Living the healthy lifestyle and diet would free oneself from any allergy or infection. I think, ones sickness or any ailment is derived from the way we take control ourselves. If we are into unhealthy foods, surely our bodies would also give negative response. It is giving us a hint not to continue doing.

Can Hives Lead To A More Serious Problem?

Can Hives Lead to A More Serious Problem?


Hives, also known as Urticaria, are an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps, patches, or welts on the skin that appear suddenly. This forms the rash. A rash involves a change in the color and texture of your skin. Often there are patches of redness that is first noticed. This may be caused by an allergy or for other reasons. Hives usually itch but they may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue or ears. Hives vary in size ranging from a pencil eraser size to a dinner plate.  They may join together forming larger areas known as plaques. They can last for hours, or up to several days before fading.

Hives are unpleasant but harmless. Symptoms usually settle within a few days. Sometimes the rash lasts for days or weeks and may require tests and further treatment. For most people, each attack of hives will become more severe. Avoiding the trigger is important. If you do not get better in 24 to 48 hours or you have any other concerns, see your local doctor. You may need to be referred to an allergy specialist.

In a medical emergency go to the nearest hospital emergency department or call an ambulance. With hives, it is a medical emergency if you have problems in breathing, choking, swelling that involves the lips, tongue and throat, become pale and sweaty, and collapsed.

Hives too are one of the symptoms of allergy.  And, allergies may cause swelling beneath the surface of the skin. This is called angioedema. Angioedema is characterized by deep swelling around the eyes and lips and sometimes of the genitals, hands, and feet. It generally lasts longer than hives, but the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours.

When hives are seen as part of an anaphylactic allergic reaction, there is occasionally swelling of the throat area involving the laryngeal and pharyngeal area. If not treated immediately, this reaction can be fatal.

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction. It is rare but can cause swelling of the throat and be life-threatening. If you have a severe reaction, call an ambulance immediately (dial 000). If you have an anaphylactic reaction you may be advised to carry self-injectable adrenaline (called an Epipen). You may also want to wear a bracelet or disc that highlights the substance you are allergic to. Ask your local doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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