Also called: Urticaria
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    Hives are red and sometimes itchy bumps on your skin. An allergic reaction to a drug or food usually causes them. Allergic reactions cause your body to release chemicals that can make your skin swell up in hives. People who have other allergies are more likely to get hives than other people. Other causes include infections and stress.

    Hives are very common. They usually go away on their own, but if you have a serious case, you might need medicine or a shot. In rare cases, hives can cause a dangerous swelling in your airways, making it hard to breathe - which is a medical emergency.

    Symptoms of Hives

    The following features are indicative of Hives:
    • welts
    • itching
    • angioedema
    References: 1, 2

    Common Causes of Hives

    The following are the most common causes of Hives:
    • pain medications
    • insects or parasites
    • infection
    • scratching
    • heat or cold
    • stress
    References: 2

    Other Causes of Hives

    The following are the less common causes of Hives:
    • sunlight
    • exercise
    • alcohol
    • food or food additives
    • pressure on the skin
    References: 2

    Risk Factors of Hives

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hives:
    • women
    • young adult

    Prevention of Hives

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hives. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • avoid known triggers such as medicines, foods and situations
    References: 3

    Occurrence of Hives

    Degree of Occurrence

    The following are number of Hives cases seen each year worldwide:
    • Very common > 10 Million cases

    Common Age Group

    Hives most commonly occurs in the following age group:
    • Aged between 20-50 years

    Common Gender

    Hives most commonly occurs in the following gender:
    • Not gender specific
    References: 1, 4

    Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hives

    The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hives:
    • Blood test: To diagnose hives
    • Allergy test: To find out the causes of hives
    References: 1, 3, 4

    Doctor for Diagnosis of Hives

    Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hives:
    • Dermatologist
    • Allergist

    Complications of Hives if Untreated

    Yes, Hives causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hives is left untreated:
    • difficulty breathing
    • serious allergic reaction
    References: 3

    Self-care for Hives

    The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hives:
    • Take a comfortably cool bath: Cool the affected area with a shower
    • Wear loose and smooth-textured cotton clothing: wear light and loose clothes to avoid skin irritation
    • Avoid known triggers: Avoid certain foods or medicines
    References: 3

    Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hives

    The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hives:
    • Acupuncture: To treat hives
    • Relaxation techniques
    References: 3

    Time for Treatment of Hives

    While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hives to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
    • More than 1 year
    References: 4

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    Demographic Information - Hives

    Following is the demographic information reported by website visitors for Hives. Information below may include patient demographics as well as data for website visitors who might be researching on behalf of patients e.g. parents for small children. The data below may or may not be reflective of the complete patient population demographics for this medicine/health topic.
    23 out of 33 users are male.
    Users Percentile
    Participants: 33
    The most common user is 21-30 years old.
    Users Percentile
    < 214
    Participants: 34
    Marital Status
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Users most commonly suffer from Back pain.
    Users Percentile
    Back pain5
    High blood pressure2
    Chronic pain (e.g., arthritis, migraine, fibromyalgia, neuropathy)1
    Participants: 16
    Body Weight
    8 out of 35 users report that they are overweight.
    Users Percentile
    Not overweight27
    Participants: 35
    Smoking Habit
    32 out of 39 users report that they do not smoke.
    Users Percentile
    Do not smoke32
    Participants: 39
    Alcohol Consumption Frequency
    Users most commonly reported never consuming alcohol
    Users Percentile
    One drink a day3
    Two drinks a day0
    More than two drinks a day2
    Once a week3
    Twice a week2
    Once a month6
    Participants: 34
    11 out of 31 users report that they had significant pain in the last 3 months.
    Users Percentile
    Significant pain in the last 3 months11
    No significant pain in the last 3 months20
    Participants: 31
    Engineer, IT or Software is the most common profession reported by users.
    Users Percentile
    Engineer, IT or Software6
    Government service4
    House Maker2
    Work in a Start up1
    Participants: 24
    Routine Health Check-ups
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Missed Health Checkup Reason
    No data has been collected for this survey
    1 out of 1 users report that they are taking more than one medicine on regular basis.
    Users Percentile
    Yes, taking more than one medicine on regular basis1
    No, not on taking more than one medicine on regular basis0
    Participants: 1
    No data has been collected for this survey
    1 out of 2 users report that they take vitamins or herbal supplements.
    Users Percentile
    Yes, taking supplements1
    No, not taking supplements1
    Participants: 2
    Exercise Frequency
    Users most commonly exercise once a week.
    Users Percentile
    Once a week13
    Twice a week5
    Five times a week2
    Participants: 27
    Exercise Duration
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Like Exercising
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Difficulties in Exercising
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Fruits and Vegetables
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Healthy Food Choices
    Users most commonly report that they make a healthy food choice 'Always'.
    Users Percentile
    Participants: 1
    Eating Out
    Users most commonly report to eat out '1-3 times per week'.
    Users Percentile
    1-3 times per week1
    Participants: 1
    Fast Food Frequency
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Special Diet
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Housing Type
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Own Home
    No data has been collected for this survey
    Non-emergency Visits
    Users most commonly report that they go to 'Dispensary' for their non-emergency health issues.
    Users Percentile
    Participants: 1
    Medicine Source
    Users most commonly report to buy medicine from 'Local pharmacy'.
    Users Percentile
    Local pharmacy1
    Participants: 1


    1. Wikipedia Hives - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    2. Mayo Clinic Chronic hives (urticaria) - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    3. MAYO CLINIC Hives and angioedema - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    4. Deacock SJ. An approach to the patient with urticaria. Clin Exp Immunol. 2008;153(2):151-61. - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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    This page was last updated on 2/14/2018.
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