Hives, also known as urticaria, are a sudden outbreak of red, itchy bumps on the skin that appear as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens.
During an allergic reaction, the body releases a protein called histamine. When histamine is released, the tiny blood vessels known as capillaries leak fluid, which accumulates and causes a rash. Hives can be short-lived (acute), which normally resolve within a few hours to a day, or long-term (chronic), which occur daily for more than six weeks. In some cases the trigger is obvious, but in others, more thorough investigation is required.
Hives usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, vary in size, and may even join together to form larger areas known as plaques.
If you’re seeking assistance in managing your hives, and require treatment, a thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav, Dermatologist, can help determine your best treatment options.
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