What are hives?
“welts on the skin that often itch. These welts can appear on any part of the skin. Hives vary in size from small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate.”
These welts are slightly raised and swollen and can be intensely itchy.
What causes hives?
While there are many different causes of hives, including some viral and bacterial infections, the most common causes are allergic. There is a vast array of allergens that can cause hives, including foods, medications, insect stings and improperly matched blood transfusions.
When should I worry?
It is always a good idea to get a new symptom or condition evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. If you or a family member has developed hives, we encourage you to contact us for evaluation. Sometimes, however, hives are an emergency situation. If you have an inconsolable child with hives, you should be in touch with their pediatrician or another provider for relief. If in addition to being uncomfortable, you or a family member develop swelling of the lips or tongue or have any difficulty breathing, you may be developing an anaphylactic reaction, which is a more serious allergic reaction. If any of the above symptoms develop, or you notice that the person is lethargic, has clammy skin or is unusually confused, call 911, as you may be facing a life-threatening emergency.
If you or a family member develop hives or have other allergy concerns, please do be in touch. We look forward to serving you.
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