What is it?
Urticaria, commonly known as hives, is a very itchy red rash that’s usually associated with allergic reactions. Although not medically serious, hives can be very frustrating and uncomfortable – but solutions are available.
Most cases of urticaria are acute and resolve fairly rapidly, but if the itchiness is affecting your daily activities, our professionals can prescribe some antihistamines to soothe your symptoms. If you suffer from long-term urticaria and antihistamines don’t help, our experts have a number of other treatments to relieve your symptoms. We may recommend a short course of steroid tablets to reduce any swelling.
Post Treatment care tips-
While you're waiting for hives and swelling to disappear, here are some tips:
- Apply cool compresses or wet clothes to the affected areas.
- Try to work and sleep in a cool room.
- Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes.
What triggers the formation of hives?
Most of the time no cause for the urticaria is found, however, triggers include:
- Environmental temperature changes
What do hives look like?
Urticaria usually appears as a series of raised, red bumps that come up within minutes and can resemble mosquito bites or nettle rash. It can be limited to a small area or span large expanses of the body
How long do hives last?
In acute cases, the rash will appear suddenly and then fade away on it’s own, usually within 24-48 hours. In chronic cases of hives, the rash can last for much longer, often weeks or months. If your rash is persisting it is a good idea to see a dermatologist who can assess your condition and advise the most appropriate treatment.