Hives are a common illness that can affect people from all walks of life, including age, gender and ethnicity. Hives are an irritated rash or skin condition that can appear on the body – in acute cases they can last from hours to days, in chronic conditions, they can last for months. Hives in some cases can be a sign of a severe allergic reaction and/or anaphylaxis, which is life threatening. They are difficult to identify, meaning it is important to seek medical advice if you, or someone you know, may have hives.
There is no one specific cause for hives. There are numerous factors that can contribute to contracting hives, and these vary across the board.
It can be difficult to pinpoint an exact cause for hives but a doctor can help you narrow it down. Some causes include:
Symptoms of hives can develop over a matter of hours. Hives are difficult to identify, and can at times, appear as a harmless rash. It is important to seek medical advice if you are unsure if you have hives or not.
Note: If you are suffering from any of the below symptoms, but aren’t sure if you are suffering from hives, it pays to take action immediately. If you aren’t suffering from hives, your symptoms may still be treatable.
People of all ages and genders can develop hives, there is no common age group that hives can be found in. However people who suffer from allergies are more likely to experience more severe cases of hives, as it is a direct reaction to an allergy. We recommend that you seek help immediately to minimise the concern of the sickness, you can do this using our online appointment service, Bettr.
Medication – Upon assessment, your local GP is likely to prescribe you with Antihistamines. Hives are a direct skin reaction caused by antihistamine release, so this will help to relieve the itch.
Avoid Triggers – Your GP may be able to pinpoint particular triggers that are helping to bring on hives. This could include makeup, certain food, substances or additives. Avoiding these triggers may help to lessen your chance of contracting hives.
Lifestyle – Another way to treat hives is a change in diet. Your GP may recommend a particular diet that you can abide by that will help to mitigate hives, and avoid particular foods.
If you are suffering from hives, and/or any of the above symptoms, it is important you act on these as quickly as possible. If you are not sure if you are suffering from hives, it pays to get symptoms checked out, as it could be a sign of other illnesses.
Make sure to get in touch with a GP. You are able to do this through our online service, Bettr. We will set up an appointment between yourself and one of our doctors, and they will talk you through your symptoms and potential treatments. If you would like to book your consultation, please see below.
We offer same day appointments and can prescribe medications online. There is no need to download an app, or re-register with your current GP.
As long as it’s not a medical emergency you can make a doctors appointment at Bettr and get help with a wide range of healthcare services such as; ACC follow-ups, hand and foot issues, fevers, allergic reactions, rashes, skin problems, respiratory problems, coughs, cold and flu, medical certificates, oral health, mental health and many more. For more details on what we can (and can't) treat see our treatment services.
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