Hives or urticaria is an allergen triggered infection that mainly affects the skin. Hines usually starts as a itchy patch of skin. Symptoms are:
• Raised, itchy bumps
• Red or skin coloured patches
• Pressing of hives patches turns them white
In most cases triggers for hives are through food or insect bites or pollen.
HOW IS HIVES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of hives is done by a general physician who would examine your skin and also do a patch test to check for allergic reactions.
HOW IS HIVES TREATED?
Most cases of urticaria don't need treatment, because the symptoms are usually mild and often get better within a few days. Treatment for chronic urticaria involves trying to control the symptoms and avoiding any triggers that make them worse. Antihistamines are available either over the counter or by prescription - are a frequently recommended treatment for hives.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wearing loose fitting clothes, eating more of vitamin C and avoiding allergen prone areas are some of the simple ways to restrict the problem from getting worse.