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 based on the trigger and the symptoms. General physicians may examine the affected areas and enquire about recently consumed food or medication. An allergist needs to be consulted in case of chronic hives. Allergist may conduct a skin test.
HOW IS HIVES TREATED?
The General Physician may prescribe antihistamines as the first level treatment for Hives. This will ensure that there is no further spreading of the plaques. But additional medications will depend on the identification of the exact allergen that triggered the swelling.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hives may be uncomfortable, but they are usually harmless and disappear on their own. In most cases, the exact cause of hives cannot be identified. To help prevent hives:
• Avoid exposure to substances that cause the allergic reactions.
• Do not wear tight-fitting clothing and do not take hot baths or showers just after having hives. These can cause hives to return.