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Can hives have small white bumps in the center?

Can hives have small white bumps in the center?

Not likely: Hives can sometimes appear with a central area of pallor (whiteness) with surrounding redness. However, "small white bumps" is a bit vague in description. Hives are often (but not always) very itchy, and can be aggravated by heat, pressure, and other things. If your symptoms do not go away, see your doctor so you can be properly examined and diagnosed.

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Hives (Definition)

An outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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I have had a dry red itchy rash on my neck for 2 months.  sometimes it gets irritated and gets what looks like hives on it...White bumps.  ?

I have had a dry red itchy rash on my neck for 2 months.  sometimes it gets irritated and gets what looks like hives on it...White bumps.  ?

Contact dermatitis: This sounds like a contact dermatitis - either allergic or irritant. Very possibly related to necklace or other article of clothing that may come in comtact with that area.

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When you get hives, will you get one little bump? Or will it cover a whole area?

When you get hives, will you get one little bump? Or will it cover a whole area?

More than one...: Urticaria, also known as hives, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly -- either as a result of the body's reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons.

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Bumps all over and become bigger if I scratch-- is it hives?

Bumps all over and become bigger if I scratch-- is it hives?

Could be: Hives are bumpy, itchy and enlarge if scratch. If indiviual bumps last longer than 24 hours or leave a bruise or pigmentation when they resolve, then these aren't typical hives and an md should be consulted. If taking Cetirizine (generic zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tablet per day eliminates all itching and skin changes, then it is likely that you have hives. Check with an allergist for proper management.

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Are bumps on my hand a sign of hives?

Are bumps on my hand a sign of hives?

Hives: Hives come up suddenly in itch very intensely. They also usually disappear and may come and go. Other types of bumps that don't itch are usually not hives.

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What are good ways to cure itchy bumps/hives?

What are good ways to cure itchy bumps/hives?

Antihistamines: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for persistent hives while sedating antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful for acute hives. If you have persistent hive reactions consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. There are many triggers of hives so determining right trigger is important moving forward.

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I feel like my skin is crawling all over. No hives or bumps. No dry skin.

I feel like my skin is crawling all over. No hives or bumps. No dry skin.

Nerves?: It could be a sensation of nerves/anxiety. Do you feel nervous? Worried about something? Restless?

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I have small white bumps that turn to huge bug bite or hives and then scab. Do not itch?

I have small white bumps that turn to huge bug bite or hives and then scab. Do not itch?

Frequency?: This could be a form of chronic urticaria assuming that the scabs occur only after scratching. Try aggressive skin moisturizing and otc antihistamine to help with itching. If recurring, best to order a virtual consult or have your physician check it out.

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After running (exercise) I break out in hives. Today it was only 4 bumps but Its been all over my body once. Only has happened 3 times not every time?

After running (exercise) I break out in hives. Today it was only 4 bumps but Its been all over my body once. Only has happened 3 times not every time?

See an allergist: What you have is exercise-induced urticaria. It remain as urticaria only, but can develop into a more serious reaction. Rarely, it is caused by allergy to a food that you eat AND exercise within 2 hours from eating to suffer the reaction. In the meantime don't eat for 2 hours before you run and take an antihistamine such as fexofenadine 180mg 30 minutes before you run. See an allergist ASAP.

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What do hives look like? Are they little red bumps?

Yes: Hives, also known as urticaria, have the appearance of pale red, raised, itchy bumps. The size of each lesion can vary but can include being small in size.

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Itchy bumps all over my body! It's not hives so what else can cause this?

Itchy bumps all over my body! It's not hives so what else can cause this?

How long?: If it lasts over 6 weeks, see an allergist. If it is short term, try some otc antihistamine up to 4 x the regular frequency but watch out for drowsiness. If it did not work, see an allergist.

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I just got new bed sheets and have rash/hives/bumps all over my body, why?

Bedsheet rash: Dyed new sheets or clothing or permanent press textiles that are not adequately washed prior to use can cause rashes due to contact sensitivity to dyes or formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers in permanent press clothing. Always best to wash new clothing multiple times before wearing if you are sensitive to these things. Patch testing could delineate what your exact allergy is if you have one.

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I recently broke out in hives, and now there are hard red bumps where my hives used to be, what is it? And will it subside?

See a Dermatologist: Hives are "welts" that last less than 24 hrs in one spot, but often will migrate around the body as the reaction continues. If you are having lasting skin findings in the area or a hive over 24 hrs after it appears, there may be something else going on. A good dermatologist can really help you understand what is causing your problem. Good luck to you.

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I was wondering what's a good way to cure itchy skin like bumps/hives?

I was wondering what's a good way to cure itchy skin like bumps/hives?

Moisturizing: Most itchy skin is caused by dry skin. Moisturizing on a consistent basis and especially after showering can be helpful. Using an OTC cortisone, sparingly on bad areas may also help.

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Please help there's bumps all over forearm, not itchy so it can't be hives right?

Please help there's bumps all over forearm, not itchy so it can't be hives right?

Rash: Hives usually present as red, raised, itchy lesions that can be small or large. "Hives" are often used non-specifically to describe many different skin lesions so I would have your rash looked at directly in order to make the correct diagnosis. Hives do tend to itch and individual lesions usually appear and resolve completely within 24 hours. See your doctor for further treatment and evaluation.

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Could small, itchy bumps on my forearm be hives? If so, how quickly can hives occur?

Could small, itchy bumps on my forearm be hives? If so, how quickly can hives occur?

Yes.: Hives can come up very quickly - as you watch, sometimes. But there are many other causes of "small itchy bumps" - without more information it's hard to narrow it down. Your best option is to let a dermatologist look at them and tell you for sure what they are.