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Hives

Hives is an itchy, raised rash usually caused by a reaction to things like food, pollen, insect bites or chemicals.

The main symptom of hives is a blotchy, raised red rash. It's often very itchy.

You can usually treat hives with antihistamines from a pharmacy. If it does not get better, a GP may prescribe steroids or stronger antihistamines.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptom of hives is a blotchy, raised red rash. It's often very itchy.

Check if you have hives

Red, raised skin on a legHives can look like red, raised patches.

Red spots on a legThe rash can also be red spots.

Hives can be different sizes and shapes, and appear anywhere on the body in both adults and children.

The rash is often itchy and sometimes feels like it's stinging or burning.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can usually treat hives with antihistamines from a pharmacy. If it does not get better, a GP may prescribe steroids or stronger antihistamines.

Medical treatments

Your GP may prescribe corticosteroids, menthol cream or stronger antihistamines.

If your hives do not go away with treatment, you may be referred to a skin specialist (dermatologist).

Read more on the NHS website.