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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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Allergies During the Holidays

Pass the tissues and antihistamine please -- 'tis the season for holiday allergies. Like unwanted gifts, sneezing and congestion arrive, making allergy sufferers miserable and putting a damper on holiday fun. Fortunately you don't have to be sidelined from the festivities. Whether it's symptoms to food, pets, mold or mildew, allergies during the holidays can be beat -- with lifestyle changes, medication, and a few simple tips.

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Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on March 24, 2014

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