These itchy welts can show up anywhere on your skin. They’re caused by an allergic or other type of reaction. Your doctor may call them urticaria. They can last a few minutes or several days before they go away. Sometimes they’re a sign of more serious problems, especially when you have trouble breathing.
If you have hives along with fever, nausea, stomachcramps, shortness of breath, and a drop in blood pressure after a bee sting, insect bite, or drug injection, that can be a sign of a life-threatening allergy. If your doctor has prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector for you, make sure you have two with you at all times. Use one and then call 911 or go to the hospital.
Before you start any treatment, visit a doctor to be sure allergies are causing your child’s troubles. Once you know he really has seasonal allergies, these quick tips can offer much-needed relief.
Stay Inside. The best way to treat allergy symptoms is to avoid allergens to begin with. So when pollen counts soar, keep kids indoors as much as possible. Pollen is usually at its peak mid-morning, early evening, and when the wind is blowing.
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Another reaction that sometimes happens along with hives is called angioedema. It’s swelling that develops under the skin. It often affects the eyes and lips, and sometimes the genitals, hands, and feet.
It’s rare, but the swelling from angioedema can happen in your throat and cause trouble breathing. If that happens, use an auto-injector and call 911.
What Causes Hives?
They pop up when skin cells release a substance called histamine. It’s the start of the process we call an allergic reaction. Common triggers for hives include: