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Sure, i've heard of hives. But now that my child may have it, I want to know what it really does to the body.?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Hives

Usually just uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly.
Most times hives will burn out, never to return. Sometimes they fester or will come & go intermittently. Antihistamines are best for suppression. Long term side effects from hives are not something to worry about. If you are worried, definitely see an allergist to test for what might be the causative factor to get it treated.

In brief: Hives

Usually just uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly.
Most times hives will burn out, never to return. Sometimes they fester or will come & go intermittently. Antihistamines are best for suppression. Long term side effects from hives are not something to worry about. If you are worried, definitely see an allergist to test for what might be the causative factor to get it treated.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology

In brief: Localized swelling

This is an allergic reaction which cause localized swelling of the skin where the marks do not stay in that spot for 24 hours.
It is usually self limited. It can be caused by food, drug, infection or physical hives. Antihistamines can control symptoms. A history is important to find cause to clear hives and prevent future attacks.

In brief: Localized swelling

This is an allergic reaction which cause localized swelling of the skin where the marks do not stay in that spot for 24 hours.
It is usually self limited. It can be caused by food, drug, infection or physical hives. Antihistamines can control symptoms. A history is important to find cause to clear hives and prevent future attacks.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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