Hives: Everything You Need To Know About Hives, Rashes And Swelling

Allergy symptoms: Hives, rashes and swelling

Hives which are also known as urticaria are an outbreak of swollen patches on the skin which appears suddenly as pale red bumps, patches or even welts. These patches forms the rashes which involves a change in the texture and colour of your skin. Most at times, what you will first notice on your skin are patches of redness. This may be due to allergy or some other reasons. Hives always itch, burn and sometimes stings. They can appear on any part of your body such as, your face, lips, ears or tongue. Hives due vary in size, but the disgusting thing about them is that they may join together to form larger areas called plaques. They can last for several hours to some days before they fade off.

A simple rash is known as dermatitis which is referred to as inflammation of the skin.


When allergies causes swelling beneath the surface of the skin, it is called angioedema. Angioedema is characterized by deep swelling around the eyes and lips and most time of the genitals, hands, and feet. Generally, it lasts longer than hives, but the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours.

What Causes Hives And Angioedema

Hives and angioedema form as a result of their response to histamine which is a chemical released from some specialized cells along the skins of the blood vessels when blood plasma leaks out of the blood vessels of the skin. And this could be caused by a lot of things like what we take and the food we eat like wheat, chocolate and eggs. Other things that could also be responsible are the medicine we take, some insect bite.

Fresh foods are likely to cause hives too. Apart from the fact that Fresh foods cause hives all the time than cooked foods. Certain food additives and preservatives may also be a key determinant .Hives and Angioedema.may also be caused by medicines.

When the skin are directly exposed to either sun, heat, cold , vibration, pressure, sweating or exercise, they can also cause hives.

Contact Dermatitis

These types of hives manifest as a result of all the things that your skin touches.i.e. when you come in contact with things like:

    • Dyes and other chemical in clothings
    • Cosmetics, detergents, and soaps
    • Poison ivy, sumac and oak
    • Chemicals in rubber products, elastic and latex

When hives have stayed for more than 45 days, it could simply be termed as a chronic condition. And getting the cause of this is always difficult. There are time when the causes can be the same. Autoimmunity, hormonal disorder, malignancy and chronic infections can also cause hives.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This type occurs when rashes appears in patches of redness and scaling around the eyelids, mouth, nose,eyebrows, the trunk, and be-hind the ears. If it happens on your scalp, it is called dandruff in adults and cradle cap in infants.

This condition can be aggravated by using alcohol based lotions,or if you have oily skins, when the weather is in extreme, fatigue, age and stress.

Other causes of rashes that are common includes:


This is also known as atopic dermatitis. It’s common in people with asthma or allergies.

The rash is always red, itchy and scaly.


This one appears as a reddish,scaly, itchy patches over joints and scalp. It may affects the fingernails too.


Impetigo is an infection that is caused by bacteria that lives in the top layers of the skin, and it is very common in children. It appears as red sores that turn into blisters, it oozes, and then crust over.


Is a painful blistered skin condition which is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus can lie dormant in your body for many years and later re-emerge as shingles.

Childhood illnesses like:

    • chicken pox
    • measles
    • roseola rubella
    • hand-foot-mouth disease
    • fifth disease
    • and scarlet fever

Medications and insect bites.

Home Treatments For Hives

There are some general guidelines that needs to be followed if you are going to be treating your hives at home by yourself. Most of these rashes will improve with gentle care of the skin. And you must try as much as possible to avoid irritating substances.

    • You must discard any new lotion or cosmetic you just bought.
    • You must try as much as possible not to scrub your skin. Especially, the affected area
    • Always use warm water for cleaning
    • Leave the affected part exposed to air as much as possible
    • Avoid too much soap, instead; you can substitute with cleansers
    • You may apply hydrocortisone cream (about 1%) which is freely available without any prescription. It soothes many rashes.

For other types of contact dermatitis, you can try out calamine medicated lotion.

Treatment For Chronic Hives Urticaria

However it may be, treating hives is not an easy task. But, of course there’s still possibility of treating it. You just need to speak to your healthcare provider.

What your healthcare provider does is to prescribe a drug known as antihistamines in order to relieve the symptoms of itching, redness, pain and also to help reduce the hives and associated swelling from forming. Over-the-counter antihistamines are available and can be used according to the instructions on the package.

Chronic hives may be treated with antihistamines or a combination of medications, depending on the schedule you were placed. But, always make sure it is done regularly. But if your face is swollen or the home treatment did not work, or your symptoms seems to get worse; then you can resort to end your hives suffering using natural ways using a homeopathic solution.

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