Symptoms Of Urticaria (Hives)
Urticaria can present at any age. It is called acute urticaria if it recurs within a period of fewer than six weeks. On the other hand, chronic urticaria lasts longer than six weeks. The symptoms of urticaria can vary significantly from person to person. The main sign is hives – wheals that can be red, itchy, and swollen. Hives can show up anywhere on the body and often appear in clusters.
Compared to other types of skin rashes, the center of a red wheal turns white when pressed.
Itchiness or “pruritus”
Oftentimes, the itchiness is very intense.
Severe allergic reaction or “anaphylaxis”
In some cases, urticaria can lead to a severe allergic reaction. When this happens, painful swelling or “angioedema” of the eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat can occur and is accompanied by difficulty of breathing, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps, rapid heartbeat, or a drop in blood pressure.
Wheals can be red, purple, or skin-colored, depending on your skin color, and can be accompanied by warmth and a burning sensation. The rashes tend to appear and fade repeatedly.