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Do hives normally last a long time

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean McGhee
22 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Off and on: In the vast majority of cases they disappear within a few days or weeks. During that time it will come and go and move around the body. Each hive shou ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Khadavi
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly: Chronic urticaria lasts more than 6 weeks.
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Anaphylaxis: After an episode of anaphylaxis, you definitely must see an allergy specialist. You sound as if you may have a food allergy, in which case you will c ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unlikely: The mechanism for contact allergy or an irritant reaction to laundry soap is different from that causing the bumps. Have you consulted an allergist a ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: Sometimes hours....Sometimes months. It varies depending on the cause.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience Dermatology
How long hives last: It depends on what is causing them. If it is a food/medication, they usually stop after allergen is out of your system, 1-2 wks. There is many differe ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
None: For hives, oral antihistamine up to 4 x daily would be more effective. Some times the hives may be so severe that you will need to see your doctor.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Unusual: It is unusual to get hives from pet danger but nonetheless it can happen when one is very highly allergic. With a single exposure, most people should ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Hives: They can last18-24 hours, but new outcroppings can continue indefinitely.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sublett
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Length of hives vary: There is no "normal" length of time that hives may last. "acute" hives may last from a few minutes to hours to up to one month. Hives that last more ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Extremely variable: Some people may have rapid resolution if the cause is addressed. Other people might have hives for hours to days.

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