Hives: A Lesser Known Skin Condition

Have you heard of those itchy transient swellings of the skin which can last somewhere around 4 to 36 hours? Yes, they are hives, small raised itchy lesions, which can appear on the skin as a result of certain allergic, environmental or hygiene reasons. Explore details about this skin condition here.

p>Hives: A Lesser Known Skin Condition

Are you dealing with swollen, red or pink bumps? Those patches or welts on the skin are causing irritation?

Then you are suffering from hives. These are the raised welts on the skin which can be either red or white in color. Being a common itchy skin condition, hives are usually red- colored swellings with clearly defined edges. The worst thing about this infestation is that it can affect any part of the body, including the trunk, thighs, upper arms and face. Yes, these can develop on almost any part of the body, regardless of your age or gender.

What Are Hives?

Generally, it is defined as random appearance of wheals on the skin. Being red and itchy, these can smoothly elevate the areas of the skin, leaving them blanched at the centre. These can vary in size ranging from a few millimeters to several inches. While these can appear anywhere across your body, these are more common in women as compared to men.

Are Hives Contagious?

The simplest answer would be no as there is always a trigger which leads to the occurrence of the problem. Yes, it can be caused by a touch. But that is due to the fact that the pressure has been put on the skin, resulting into “pressure hives”. Not merely due to a reason that someone with hives has touched someone else, and passed on the condition.

What Causes Hives?

There are several reasons behind why hives occur. It can be due to stress, a number of environmental factors, and change in temperature (both hot and cold).

However, the most common trigger of a hives occurs when the body releases histamines in response to an allergic reaction. Now in such a case, the allergic reaction can be a result of a response to foods like pet dander, nuts, shellfish, or even the dairy products. Moreover, hives can also be triggered due to reaction to some medicines such as antibiotics, penicillin, or painkillers.

In short;

  • Hives are the red, itchy raised areas of skin which that appear in various shapes and sizes
  • Hives can flare up quickly and suddenly
  • Hives are common to be found with the cause/s hard to find
  • Hives can easily change is shape and size. These can move around, i.e. disappearing in one place and showing up in another
  • Hives are triggered by a histamine release as a result of an allergic reaction

Lastly, as stated above, irrespective of both race and age, hives can affect anyone at anytime.  But the only good thing about this skin condition is that it disappears as fast as it appears. Hence, you need to be well-versed the reasons triggering the problem and prevent them from occurring.


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