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    Understanding Hives -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms?

    The symptoms of hives include:

    • Raised, whitish or reddish, usually itchy welts of varying size seen on the skin
    • Swelling in deeper layers of the skin around the eyes and lips, less frequently on the hands and feet, on mucous membranes, or on the genitals may indicate a reaction known as angioedema.

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    Managing Allergies at Work

    It's hard enough to cope with allergies on the weekend, but dealing with allergies at work is even more challenging. Ask anyone who's ever dozed off in the middle of an important meeting because of allergy symptoms or medications. "Allergy symptoms are the No. 2 reason adults miss work," says James Sublett, MD, a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist in Louisville, Ky. The average worker with allergies misses about one hour per week over the course of a year. But that sick time is often...

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    Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on February 28, 2015

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