By: Carla Roberts Pruitt
(KUTV) - You may have heard of hives, but do you really know what they are? You probably know hives has the red, itchy bumps that suddenly surface on the skin. They are a nuisance and doctors say they are common in children and adults. “Most often, hives is caused by an allergic reaction to medication or food. But in more times, especially with kids, it can be a sign of an infection.”
Doctor Justin White is a physician at the Intermountain North Ogden Clinic. He says in most cases, hives are not a medical emergency. “Usually they are not life-threatening. But it is a good idea to see your doctor if you have never had hives before and you don’t know what caused the hives.”
However, if you do have swelling around your mouth, or have shortness of breath, you should go to the emergency room. If you have don’t have those symptoms with hives, Dr. White says you can take over-the-counter medication to help reduce the swelling and itching.
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