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What are hives?

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Hives are swollen, pale red bumps, patches, or welts on the skin that appear suddenly. They can happen because of allergies or other reasons. Your doctor may call them urticaria.

Hives usually itch, but they may also burn or sting. They can show up anywhere on your body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, and ears. They range in size from a pencil eraser to a dinner plate and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques. They can last for hours, weeks, or even years.

SOURCES: 

Medscape: "Angioedema." 

MedicineNet: "Hives (Uticaria & Angioedema)."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

Muller, B. March 2004. American Family Physician,


 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Medscape: "Angioedema." 

MedicineNet: "Hives (Uticaria & Angioedema)."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

Muller, B. March 2004. American Family Physician,


 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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