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