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Hives (urticaria)

Hives (medical name urticaria) are red raised itchy weals, or bumps, that can appear anywhere on the body. Hives are common and many people get them at some stage in their lives. Most cases resolve without any treatment or tests needed.

Hives can be caused by an allergy to something (for example, a trigger such as seafood, peanuts, or insect stings), but this is not always the case.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated October 2015.

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