What are Hives and How Can They Be Managed?
Hives are a skin rash caused or triggered by a reaction to food, medicine or other irritants. Usually they are perceived as an outbreak of swollen red bumps on your skin. Some of the major symptoms include itching, burning or stinging. Hives can appear anywhere on your body but in most of the cases, they appear on the body, face or tongue.
How are hives diagnosed?
Your doctor will first take a look at the affected area and then will ask you questions concerning possible allergies you may have, what food you consumed before the hives appeared, or what medications you use. There is no certain test that can diagnose hives. Your doctor will have to examine you and go through your medical history in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
When should you call your doctor?
If you notice your hives occurring with any of the symptoms below, make sure to contact your doctor and describe all of your symptoms:
- Swelling of the tongue, lips or face
- Respiratory issues
- Tightness in the chest
How can you manage hives?
- Avoid tight clothing and choose loose, light clothing, such as clothes made out of cotton
- Use gentle, mild, or hypoallergenic soaps
- Avoid hot water
- Apply cool compresses on the affected areas
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