Understanding Hives -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on May 14, 2019

What Are the Symptoms?

They include:

  • Raised, whitish or reddish welts of varying size seen on the skin, especially in the waist or armpit areas
  • The welts itch intensely, often at night.
  • Welts come and go over minutes or hours.
  • Hives can sometimes be accompanied by angioedema, which is swelling of the deeper layers of the skin. It is usually around your eyes or lips, but can also affect your hands and feet, mucous membranes, or your genitals. t can be serious if it is impacting your breathing.
WebMD Medical Reference



American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "All About Hives."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Hives."

UpToDate: "New-onset urticaria."

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