Hives are raised, red, itchy patches of skin. They are also called wheals or welts. They usually have red borders and pale centres. Hives range in size from ½ centimetre to 7 centimetres or more across. They may seem to move from place to place on the skin. Several hives may form a large area of raised, red skin.
Your child can get hives after an insect sting, after taking medicine or eating certain foods, or because of infection or stress. Other causes include plants, things you breathe in, makeup, heat, cold, sunlight, and latex.
Your child cannot spread hives to other people. Hives may last a few minutes or a few days, but a single spot may last less than 36 hours.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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