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Hives (urticaria) are a common skin problem that affects up to 25% of people at some point in their lives. Hives are characterized by inflamed itchy, red raised marks on the skin. Hives form on the skin when immune cells release histamine into the skin and bloodstream, which triggers a skin reaction. Antihistamines are medicines that counter the production of histamine in the skin.

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What are hives?

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Hives (urticaria) are a common skin problem that affects up to 25% of people at some point in their lives. Hives are characterized by inflamed itchy, red raised marks on the skin. Hives form on t...

What are the symptoms of hives?

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The following are a list of symptoms commonly associated with hives...

What are the different types of hives?

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Hives are classified according to how long the hives last on the skin. Acute conditions last 1 day up to 6 weeks. Chronic hives last for months to years. Hive types can ...

How to manage hives

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Hives are often very itchy and treatments are used to reduce skin inflammation and itching. Most cases of hives typically disappear without treatment within 24 hours. Exp...

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