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What are hives really? How does the body make them go away or shrink away?
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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Hives
More rarely they can be a part of hereditary respose involving the complement system and do not itch generally in that case.

In brief: Hives
More rarely they can be a part of hereditary respose involving the complement system and do not itch generally in that case.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Dr. Stevan Cordas
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Dr. David Shulan
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Leaky vessels
Hives are caused by the activation of cells that release histamine and other inflammatory mediators that cause fluid to leak into surrounding tissue.
These inflammatory mediators will be broken down by your body and will dissipate. Your body also makes Epinephrine (adrenaline) that can help stop the leakage.

In brief: Leaky vessels
Hives are caused by the activation of cells that release histamine and other inflammatory mediators that cause fluid to leak into surrounding tissue.
These inflammatory mediators will be broken down by your body and will dissipate. Your body also makes Epinephrine (adrenaline) that can help stop the leakage.
Dr. David Shulan
Dr. David Shulan
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