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What are hives?
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: Itchy, red, raised.
Hives are itchy, red, raised lesions on the skin and they usually happen after contact with or ingestion of something you're allergic to.
Try some benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cold packs, and see your doctor if they get worse!

In brief: Itchy, red, raised.
Hives are itchy, red, raised lesions on the skin and they usually happen after contact with or ingestion of something you're allergic to.
Try some benadryl, (diphenhydramine) cold packs, and see your doctor if they get worse!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Itchy welts
Hives are welts.
They are raised, "blotchy", red, and itchy. They can be of variable size. They usually come and go and last a few minutes to a few hours at a time.

In brief: Itchy welts
Hives are welts.
They are raised, "blotchy", red, and itchy. They can be of variable size. They usually come and go and last a few minutes to a few hours at a time.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Dr. Neil Baman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Itchy bumps
Hives are raised lesions/welts that are raised and can be variable in size.
There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. For further evaluation and management, referral to a board-certified allergist is recommended.

In brief: Itchy bumps
Hives are raised lesions/welts that are raised and can be variable in size.
There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. For further evaluation and management, referral to a board-certified allergist is recommended.
Dr. Neil Baman
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Hives
Hives: http://www.
webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hives-urticaria-angioedema#1

In brief: Hives
Hives: http://www.
webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hives-urticaria-angioedema#1
Dr. Stephen Pool
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