Everyone breaks out from time to time, but what do hives look like on black skin? We all think we know what hives look like just because we’ve seen the raised welts on and off our entire lives. But up until my 20s, I never knew that some people have a different reaction to bee stings than others. That’s something I discovered when I broke out in a rash after getting stung for the first time. I didn’t know about urticaria, which is an itchy allergic reaction caused by an immune hypersensitivity to an allergen, or other kinds of skin reactions until someone told me about her family friend who had a different reaction.
Hives look like on Black Skin
Hives look like little, itchy bumps on your skin. They can be red and raised, or they can be flat and pink. They can be in any shape or size, but they will almost always be somewhere on your body and you may have more than one hive at a time.
There are three different types of hives:
- Acute urticarial,
- Chronic urticarial, and
Acute urticarial hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to something you ate or touched (like food dye or a cat), while chronic urticarial hives are usually caused by a long-term allergy that has built up over time. Angioedema is caused by swelling under the skin, which can also make it hard for air to get through your lungs.
When you have hives on black skin, they may look different than when someone with lighter skin gets them but that doesn’t mean they’re not just as itchy! Keep reading to learn more about what hives look like on black skin and how to treat your symptoms if you have them.
Hives are small, itchy bumps that can appear all over the body. They’re caused by a reaction to something your body has come into contact with, like food or a substance.
They’re usually red and bumpy. You might also have a swollen tongue or lips, as well as difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Hives can affect anyone at any age, but they are more common in people who are younger than 20 years old and in women than men.
Hives often occur when a person has an allergic reaction to certain foods or medications. But sometimes they have no known cause at all!
Hives on black skin don’t look any different from hives on other skin tones. But if you’re worried about them, talk to your doctor!
It’s important to see a doctor if you think you might have hives. A doctor can help determine what’s causing the hives and provide treatment options if necessary.