Allergies, bugs, even stress can cause What’s Going Around this week. HIVES are an allergic reaction to a drug or food or to contact with things like plants, insects or even pollen. It causes your body to release chemicals that can make your skin swell or break out in hives.
Centra Care locations reported that last week cases of hives were up 21% in adults and 57% in children.
Hives appear as red or white bumps or welts on the skin. They are itchy and how long they last can really vary. But the good news is that they usually go away on their own
To reduce itch, avoid things that increase the warmth of your skin, like hot showers or staying outside on a hot day. You should also avoid irritating the area with tight-fitting clothing. Over the counter medications like Benadryl can be taken orally to treat itchy skin. Follow instructions on the medication package for dosage and how to use the medication safely.
If an insect sting is the cause of your hives, you’ll want to treat the hives and the actual sting location.
Go to the Emergency Room immediately or call 911 if any symptoms of difficulty breathing, tongue or throat swelling, or worsening swelling/rash develop.