Urticaria, also known as hives, is a skin condition characterized by raised, itchy, and often red or pale bumps on the skin. These bumps, called wheals, can vary in size and shape and may appear and disappear within hours or days. Urticaria is typically caused by an allergic reaction, either to certain foods, medications, insect bites, pollen, or other triggers. It can also be triggered by non-allergic factors such as stress, temperature changes, exercise, or pressure on the skin. The symptoms of urticaria include itching, burning, and stinging sensations on the affected areas. In some cases, swelling, known as angioedema, may occur in deeper layers of the skin, particularly around the eyes, lips, or throat. Treatment for urticaria aims to relieve symptoms and manage the underlying cause. This may include antihistamine medications to reduce itching and inflammation, avoiding triggers, and implementing lifestyle modifications to minimize flare-ups. In severe or chronic cases, a dermatologist may recommend additional medications or therapies. It is important to seek medical attention if urticaria symptoms persist, worsen, or are accompanied by difficulty breathing or other systemic reactions.
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