What are hives?

What are hives?

Hives (also known by the name urticaria) affect about 20 % of people at some time during their lives. It is a reaction that can be triggered by many substances if you are allergic to them and usually starts as an itchy patch of skin that turns into swollen red welts or itchy bumps26when, when pressed, the centre of the red hive turns white.26 

Hives can last anywhere from minutes to months or even years. They often resemble insect bites but can appear anywhere on the body disappearing and reappearing over short periods of time.26

Treatment consists of avoiding the triggers that cause the condition and seeing a doctor who will help you work out what triggers the reaction.26

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