Understanding Hives -- Symptoms

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 may come and go over minutes or hours.
  • Swelling in the deeper layers of the skin around your eyes and lips; your doctor will call this angioedema. It’s less likely, but it can also affect your hands and feet, mucous membranes, or your genitals.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on February 08, 2017



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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