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What Causes Chronic Urticaria or Hives?

Chronic urticaria, the medical term for hives, is the presence of hives that persist for longer than 6 weeks. These hives come in the form of an itchy, red rash with raised bumps. These bumps can be small or large, and can be seen individually or clumped together in larger patches. In some cases, swelling […]

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What is Urticarial Vasculitis?

Urticarial vasculitis is a type of vasculitis – which is the inflammation of the blood vessels – that affects the skin and causes hives, due to the swelling of the blood vessels. There are two types of urticarial vasculitis: one where the patient has normal levels of proteins – known as complements – and one […]

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Hives in Children

What are Hives? Hives, the common term for urticaria, are essentially when your blood vessels start to ‘leak’. Sound strange? It’s not as scary as it sounds. When your body has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction to something, histamine is released. When histamine is released, it causes your blood vessels to leak a little bit, […]

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Hives, What Are they ?

Itchy Red Bumps, Are They Hives? If you have ever experienced a sudden outbreak of itchy, red bumps on your skin, you’ve likely suffered from an outbreak of hives. Hives, also known as urticaria, can appear anywhere on the body. You may find them on your face, throat, arms, ears or legs – no body […]

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