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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is urticaria?

An itchy, allergic rash with red bumps, also known as "hives". The causes are broad, ranging from foods and medications to viral infections and bee stings. In most cases, the rash disappears within 24 hours, however medical attention is needed is there is facial swelling or breathlessness.

Symptoms of urticaria

  • Hives or raised rashes

  • Skin abnormality

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Swelling of the face and lip

Questions your doctor may ask to check for urticaria

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose urticaria

  • Do you have hives now?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any symptoms on the skin of your stomach, chest or back?

  • Do you have skin redness over the whole body?

Treatment for urticaria

Treatment is usually with antihistamines to stop the allergic reaction. Severe cases (e.g. swollen lips and eyes or breathlessness) may require emergency medical care. It is important to identify and avoid the cause of allergy in future.

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