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Hives & Angioedema: Overview

Hives & Angioedema

Hives, also called Urticaria, is a skin disease in which red welts of swelling occur on the skin. The welts occur in groups and can form anywhere on the body. Hives is a very itchy condition. The welts may be small, a few millimeters in size, to very large welts of round or other shape. The hives, as these welts are called, disappear in a few hours but new hives develop on other body parts. Hives generally occur in groups and also burn or cause stinging sensation along with itching. Hives can happen to anybody and they form when small blood vessels in the skin leak blood plasma. This happens due to histamines, the chemicals that are released because of allergies, foods, medications, etc. The formation of hives can be understood thus - hives form because of release of histamines due to reasons described above. The goal is to find out the reason and treat hives as soon as possible. Angioedema, a condition that is similar to hives cause welts near lips and eyes. These welts are deeper in the skin compared to hives. Both the conditions are quite similar. Let us find out more.

Article created on: July 30, 2006

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