Urticaria, also known as hives, is a very common skin condition with raised skin bumps and welts. The rashes are very itchy and may appear anywhere, sometimes can be associated with swelling of the lips and eyelids. Rashes of urticaria can come and go, some may resolve after a few hours before new rashes appear elsewhere.
Most urticaria episodes do not last more than a few weeks. If symptoms and rashes persist more than 6 weeks, screening blood tests are recommended to check for any underlying medical conditions such as thyroid disease, or autoimmune condition.
Chronic spontaneous urticaria is a condition which can last for months even years, without any obvious causes or physical triggers.
Common causes of urticaria include infections, drug or food allergies. Other triggers which may cause longer-term chronic urticaria are skin pressure, heat, cold, exercise or stress. Chronic spontaneous urticaria is a condition which can last for months or even years, without any obvious causes or physical triggers, with daily occurrence of urticaria rashes.

Treatment for Hives

It is important to avoid any known triggers which may cause a flare up of urticaria.
Regular intake of non-drowsy antihistamines, sometimes even at higher dosages for extensive rashes, is necessary for the chronic form of urticaria.
In flare ups of urticaria, a short course of oral steroids may be necessary for quick relief of symptoms.
Combination treatment of antihistamines and other oral medicine to control the immune system may be used for severe cases with extensive rashes.
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