Hives are skin ailments and the other name for the condition is Urticaria. In this condition the skin develops red, swollen plaques and causes itching. It is believed that this is caused due to any allergic reaction to the skin getting in contact with or from other sources. Hives can appear practically anywhere in the body and in many cases they may go away as well. Hives may occur in a few cases as a side effect of consuming some drugs also.
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?
The best way to prevent hives is to avoid the allergen. Antihistamines drugs help bring down the inflammation caused by the allergen. Once the allergen has been identified it is best to refrain from using it. Severe hives could lead to complications, hence timely treatment is needed to prevent worsening of the condition.