Sometimes when you have an allergic reaction, hives can develop, which appear as welts on the skin that often itch. Hives can appear on any part of the skin and vary in size from as small as a pen tip to as large as a dinner plate.
Hives can be caused by a number of allergens from foods to bug bites. Hives can last from a few hours to many weeks. Hives can be a one-time reaction or chronic, where the patient gets them over and over when exposed to the allergen.
Hives are usually treated with an oral antihistamine. Patients with chronic hives may be prescribed an antihistamine that they take daily to prevent the hives from forming. At the Asarch Center, our medical professionals will help you determine the best treatment option for your specific situation.