How Long Do Viral Hives Last?

How long do viral hives last? Simple question and I’m sure most of you have been wondering the same thing. It’s common to get what I’ve renamed viral hives when your website, blog, or post starts to get viral traffic. In clinical terms, this is known as an “increase in local search engine visibility”. You might be angry that these hives are ruining your day, but take it from me this is all good stuff!

The itch can be agonizing. But there’s a good chance that viral hives go away on their own, without treatment. Here’s what to do if you get hives.

What Causes Viral Hives?

Viral hives are caused by an allergic reaction to something in your environment.

The most common culprits are:

  • Airborne allergens like pollen and dust mites
  • Medications like antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen, and antacids
  • Foods such as shellfish, nuts, soybeans, strawberries, and tomatoes


Viral hives are red, itchy bumps that appear on your body. They’ll  last anyplace from some days to one or two of weeks.

A viral reaction causes the body to release histamine, which leads to the formation of hives. A cold or flu virus is typically responsible for this reaction, but there are other potential causes as well.

These are some of the most common symptoms that accompany viral hives:

1. Itching

2. Swelling

3. Redness

4. Rash

5. Blotchiness

How Long Do Viral Hives Last?

Viral hives can last anywhere from four to six weeks. The length of time that they persist depends on the severity of your symptoms and how long it takes your body to fight off the infection.

If you have milder symptoms, such as a few small hive bumps, you may be able to get rid of them within a week or two.

If you have severe symptoms, such as large hive bumps covering most of your body, it could take months for your body to fight off the virus and even longer for all of the symptoms to go away completely.

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