Hives are a common allergic reaction, and can occur due to a wide variety of different allergies. Typically, they take the form of raised, patchy welts of skin. They may be red, pink, or flesh-colored. Depending on the case, hives may also feel tender, itchy, or cause stinging or burning sensations.
Hives appear due to your body’s allergic reaction, which releases histamines. These chemicals are made by your body to fight back against infection or other outside intruders. Unfortunately, this chemical release carries painful side effects such as swelling and itching, which can lead to hives.
If you regularly suffer from hives, Premier Allergy & Asthma is here to help. Our allergy specialists in central Ohio can diagnose the cause of your hives and provide you with the relief you need.
Hives can be caused by a variety of different environmental allergies, such as pollen, mold spores, and even animal dander.
Hives usually begin to develop within an hour or two of exposure to an allergen. They are raised, tender, inflamed welts that may appear in only one area of the skin, or throughout your entire body. They may be pink, flesh-colored, or red. They usually feel tender and may cause a stinging or burning sensation.
Usually, hives begin to disappear within 24 hours after exposure to the allergen. However, it can take a few days or up to a week for hives to disappear completely. In rare cases, they may last longer.
Making lifestyle challenges to avoid allergens is the best way to prevent allergy-induced hives.
When you do develop hives, you can take steps to stay comfortable until they subside, such as working and sleeping in a cool room, taking a cool shower or bath, and wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.