Hives also know as urticaria are red bumps or itchy patches of skin that appear suddenly that can be triggered by an allergic reaction or for other unknown reasons.

Types of Hives

  • acute urticaria
  • chronic urticaria
  • physical urticaria


Doctors may prescribe antihistamines to treat recurrent hives and/or relieve symptoms. However, avoidance may be the best treatment if hives are caused by food allergy or drug allergy.

For more information on hives treatment or to schedule an appointment with an allergist, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.