What are Hives?
The medical name for hives is Urticaria; it is an appearance and outbreak of pale red bumps that are swollen. These wheals, or plaques, come on quite suddenly.
Often they are a reaction to allergens or another cause that remains unknown. Hives can burn or have a stinging sensation as well as itch. They appear as a rash and are self-treatable, with lab tests not being required.
What Causes Hives?
Certain foods or medications, as well as stress, can cause hives. Hives are triggered when the body is reacting allergically to a substance that is perceived as an allergen. Inflammation under the skin is what causes the red or pink look of hives.
Some common causes or triggers of hives include medications such as antibiotics, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Additionally, foods such as eggs, shellfish, nuts, and strawberries can give rise to hives. Infections that include cold, flu, glandular fever, and hepatitis B can also cause the said condition. Often, people never are sure of the cause.
What do Hives Look like?
They appear as red, raised and itchy skin. When fluid accumulation occurs under the skin, it creates a rash. This rash is not contagious and is not a cause for worry. Hives are common, and approximately 20 percent of the population has them at some point in their life.
How to Treat and Get Rid of Hives?
The first step is looking for a cause. Is it stress? Too much alcohol or caffeine? Are you overheated? Regardless of the reason, there are some natural solutions to getting rid of hives.
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