Hives are a common skin condition that can occur as an allergic reaction. They appear as itchy, swollen welts that form spontaneously and sporadically, sometimes appearing and disappearing. Hives can range in size from a pencil eraser to a dinner plate, and they may also burn or sting. Although hives tend to be harmless and disappear on their own within days or weeks, they can be distressing due to discomfort and appearance. Various treatments can soothe your skin and help your hives to disappear faster.
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Causes of Hives
Hives are caused by exposure to an allergen. Common allergens that may induce hives include:
- Insect bites
Common treatments for hives include:
- Calamine lotion
- Oral corticosteroids
- Epinephrine or Cortisone (in severe cases)
You can also ease symptoms of hives by applying cool, wet cloths or compresses to the affected area and wearing loose-fitted, lightweight clothes. Keeping the temperature around you cooler can help to soothe your irritated skin.