Top 20 Skin Conditions – Number 6


Also known as Urticaria, hives are patches of red or white, raised welts that appear and disappear, in varying sizes, on the skin. Often an allergic reaction to foods or medicines, many cases of hives are gone within a few weeks. However there are chronic cases where hives may last over 6 weeks or are reoccurring.


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Treatment other than antihistamines are rarely needed with most cases of hives as they tend to disappear on their own. However if you experience tightness in your throat, loss of breath, or swelling in your face, contact your doctor immediately. To help promote the healing process of hives, try to avoid tight clothing on the affected area as well as hot baths or showers.

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