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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 raised rash that's very itchy. It can look red, but this may be less noticeable on brown and black skin.

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

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptom of hives is a raised rash that's very itchy. It can look red, but this may be less noticeable on brown and black skin.

Check if you have hives

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Hives can be raised, red patches. The redness may be harder to see on brown and black skin

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The rash can also be raised 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 stronger antihistamines or steroids.

Self-care

A pharmacist can give you advice about antihistamine tablets to help a hives rash.

Tell the pharmacist if you have a long-term condition – you might not be able to take antihistamines.

They also may not be suitable for young children.

Medical treatments

A GP may prescribe menthol cream, stronger antihistamines or steroid tablets.

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

Read more on the NHS website.