What are hives?
Hives are an allergic reaction that involves the skin and are caused by a release of histamines, which are
chemicals in the cells of the human body that are released during an allergic reaction. They may be
released due to a specific reaction or in some cases for unknown reasons. Hives may occur anywhere on
the body, but the arms, legs, and torso are most often affected. Hives are very common and can affect
any age group.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms of hives include raised, red areas on the skin. These areas usually itch, but they may
also burn or sting. The size may range from small spots to the size of a dinner plate. These areas may
change shape, go away, and come back again in minutes or hours.
What is the treatment?
If you are experiencing hives that are severe in nature or that last for more than two days, visit a Take
Care health Provider for a complete physical examination in order to help determine the cause and
appropriate course of treatment to relieve your symptoms.