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Characteristics of Hives

Hives are a skin condition, quite oftenaffecting the people all around the world, regardless of their age,gender or any other individual aspects. They manifest through theappearance of redness and swelling somewhere over the surface ofone's skin, frequently accompanied by itchiness, irritation ordiscomfort. Due to the fact that many people may suffer from hivessimultaneously, people have been lead into a misconception. Namely,some of us believe that hives are contagious. Some people may believethis because, sometimes, people close to you may develop the samehives shortly after you have, or at the very same time. Nevertheless,before jumping to conclusions, you need to bear several things inmind. First, hives are always a symptom, not a condition on theirown. Thus, they are a sign of something bigger, like an allergy,poisoning, underlying illness or something similar, going on in ourorganism. It may be triggered by different allergens, chemicals,viral, bacterial or fungal activity, or insect bites. Therefore, iftwo people closely connected to each other, are both allergic tobeing bitten by a certain insect, they will both experience hives,not because of the contagious hives but because of the allergicreaction to the bite itself. Also, if two or more people suffer fromthe same microorganism infection, they may all experience hives, dueto the infection, not the hives. All in all, hives are notcontagious, their causes, mostly, are.

Manifestations of Hives

Hives are usually red or white signs ofirritation or any abnormal reaction upon your skin. In most cases, itmay affect our abdominal area, back, hands or legs. They may evenevolve into pus creation and get infected. There are several types ofhives. The first is temporary, and starts immediately after gettingin contact with the trigger, lasting for several minutes/hours anddisappearing afterwards. The second lasts for years, its cause isoften unknown, and is called chronic hives. Finally, hives may appearon our skin due to excessive exposure to sun or cold. These arecalled physical hives.

Means of Treatment

Immediately after noticing hives, it isbest to apply ice upon the troublesome spot. This will reduce theinflammation and swelling significantly. Afterwards, you may eitherconsult with your doctor, or choose to apply some of manyover-the-counter topical medications for these purposes. Also,increasing your vitamin C intake will boost your immunity, probablymaking you less prone to developing hives due to your allergies.

Finally, try to avoid your allergens,and take good care of yourself. Do not take any medication on yourown but, rather, consult with your doctor beforehand.

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