How do hives start?

Hives, also known as urticaria, are a common condition that affects people of all ages. They can be incredibly uncomfortable and can make you feel itchy all over. In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at how hives start.

What Are Hives?

Before we dive into how hives start, let’s get a clear understanding of what they are. Hives are raised red or pink bumps on the skin that can range in size from small dots to large patches. The bumps may be slightly elevated and appear almost like mosquito bites but often occur in clusters that resemble burn marks.

The center of each hive is usually pale or yellowish-white, while the surrounding area is typically swollen and red.

Types Of Hives

There are two types of hives: acute urticaria and chronic urticaria.

Acute urticaria typically lasts for no more than six weeks and is usually caused by an allergic reaction to foods or medications or even insect stings.

On the other hand (excuse my sudden transition) chronic urticaria lasts much longer than six weeks – sometimes up several years! Although its exact cause remains largely unknown (it could be genetic), it has been associated with autoimmune diseases such as lupus

Common Causes Of Hives

Now let’s talk about some causes behind why these pesky hot spots show up uninvited:

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions resulting from exposure to various substances such as food items like peanuts,dairy products etc., pollen grains during springtime allergies (aka Hay fever) or after consuming certain drugs like Aspirin , penicillin; which leads to histamine being released under your skin causing blood vessels within them to leak out fluid thereby creating swelling.

Physical Triggers

In some cases, physical triggers such exercise-induced hypoglycemia, extremely low or high body temperatures and even friction due to tight clothing can agitate your skin enough to develop hives from them.

Autoimmune diseases

Hives are also known to be caused by autoimmune diseases such as lupus where a patient’s immune system attacks itself.

Treatment

Fortunately, most cases of hives do not require medical intervention because they tend to go away on their own. However if you find yourself feeling too uncomfortable then it is important that You see (Excuse my commanding tone ☺)a doctor who will recommend treatments like;

  • Antihistamines (eg Benadryl)

-Taking Oral Corticosteroids (in case of chronic urticaria )

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