Hives, also known as urticaria, are swollen, often itchy welts on the skin. They can range in size from small (like a pencil tip) to large (like a plate). They can form anywhere on the body.
Hives are often caused by an allergic response as your body reacts to substances in the environment. Common triggers for hives include:
Common symptoms of hives include:
The main treatment goal for hives is to reduce the immune response in your body to relieve symptoms and cure the hives. Our UCLA dermatologists may recommend medications such as antihistamines, steroids or both to treat hives.
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