Hives are itchy, red bumps that develop on the skin. They can vary from being small to quite large. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a hive is that it will be transient. You may notice that you have one on your arm and if you look at your arm a few hours later, your arm will look perfectly clear and it will look like nothing ever even happened. Each spot will last no longer than a day. You may notice that the spots travel; you may notice a bunch on your legs and a few hours later, you notice them on your back. Hives can occur for a few different reasons. If they are short-term (lasting for a few days-few weeks), it may be from a viral illness, food, insect bite, or medication. If it lasts for longer, it is sometimes a sign of something else going on with your body and it’s manifesting with hives. Sometimes, there is no clear trigger. The first-line therapy is an antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec, Allegra, etc) and sometimes people may have to take it a few times a day. If you are suffering from hives, don’t delay and come see us today so you can stop scratching and get through the day!
Author Ambka S. Ambka is a PA here at Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center of LI. She specializes in allergy and immunology conditions.