Hives, or to use their medical term Urticaria, is an itchy red skin rash, which often looks similar to an insect bite. Hives tend to appear as a result of an allergic reaction; they can occur anywhere on the body and can affect both sexes and people of all ages. The rashes tend to vary in terms of how long they affect an individual, ranging from hours to days. The rash is caused as a result of the body releasing a chemical called Histamine. The chemical is released by the body to tackle the perceived problem and causing the redness, itchiness and swelling.

Hives can be caused by many ‘triggers’ but common factors include allergic reactions to food (such as seafood, dairy products and nuts), medications; antibiotics in particular can…



Source by Jill Cohen