What are Hives?

Have you ever seen those people writing up their grocery lists in the middle of the store, or spotted someone at a different restaurant while on a date? They’re not crazy, they just have something called Hives.

What exactly are hives? To answer this we have to look at the normal role of histamine in the human body. What is histamine and what does it do? Well, histamine is a molecule that causes immunological responses. This means that it switches on the immune system. One way to get a rash from touching poison ivy is through an excessive histamine release. But what are hives? We now know what histamine in general does but we also want to know if there is something different about chronic hives.

What are Hives?

Hives are common and usually harmless. They’re raised, itchy red bumps that appear on your skin.

Hives are also called urticaria. It’s not known exactly what causes them, but they can be triggered by certain foods, medications, or insect bites.

In most cases, the hives will disappear on their own within a few hours or days. You may need to take medicine to help prevent them from coming back or to treat symptoms if they get worse.

Hives, also known as urticaria, are raised, itchy bumps on the skin that can be redor whiter. They usually last for less than 24 hours and are caused by your immune system overreacting to something in your environment (like pollen or an insect sting).

They can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful, but they’re usually not serious. If you have hives, take comfort knowing that you’re not alone millions of people get them every year!

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