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Urticaria (Hives)

Urticaria (Hives)


This is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps on the skin that appear suddenly. Urticaria is red, raised, itchy skin rash that is triggered by an allergic reaction. Hives affect 20% of the people at some point during their lives. It may appear in one part of the body and spread to other parts.

Causes:

  • Medicines
  • Food
  • Infections and irritants like some chemicals and pollens
  • Stress

Symptoms:

  • Raised itchy bumps, either red or skin coloured,
  • Pressing the centre of a red hive makes it turn white – a process called blanching
  • Painful swelling of the lips, eyelids and inside the throat

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