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Hives

 

Hives or urticaria is a condition causing raised skin rash.

Causes

  • Allergic reaction to certain foods or environmental factors
  • Infections
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Sunlight
  • Certain medications
  • Insect bites
  • Pressure or friction

Symptoms

  • Dark red raised rash
  • Itchiness
  • Burning or stinging
  • Weals or swellings of different shapes and sizes

Treatment

  • Recognize and avoid the cause
  • Antihistamines and corticosteroids
  • Epinephrine injections for severe cases

Prevention

  • Avoid known allergens
  • Avoid hot showers
  • Avoid vigorous rubbing