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.