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Information on Hives

Facial hives are smooth, flat topped bumps on the facialskin which are commonly characterized by a red color. They usually occur on theface or the neck, but they may also appear on the lips, ears or eyes. Facialhives can always be characterized by extreme itchiness and a sensation similarto sunburn which occurs when they get touched. The hives are often accompaniedby swelling which occurs due to the buildup of fluids in the tissues of thefacial skin. The swelling itself is sometimes referred to as angioedema whichis a strictly medical term. The swelling may sometimes occur on the upper armsand the neck as well. If the hives do not get treated they always seem toreappear. Hives can also be considered as a hereditary medical condition.

Causes

Hives occur when the immune system releases certain chemicalcompounds called histamines which are meant to fight off all harmful anddangerous substances and factors. When an allergic reaction occurs, the hivesare actually a reaction which shows how the body tries to fight off the harmfulallergens. The most common triggers that can be associated with the occurrenceof facial hives are certain types of infections, certain fabrics, differentsorts of food allergies, overexposure to water, heat and cold, drug allergies,skin and hair care products and excessive exposure to sunlight. Less commoncauses of facial hives may include tooth abscesses, sinusitis, cellulitis,blood transfusion, face injury, different types of facial surgery and evenobesity. Some claim that hives can be associated with menopause but that couldnot be further from the truth. Hormonal changes may trigger facial hivesthough.

Symptoms

Facial hives can be easily characterized by skin coloredwelts, swollen patches or rings on the skin, very intense itchiness and burningsensations which occur when the affected areas of the skin get touched. Rednessof the skin can also be present in some cases. Swollen eyes, ears, mouth andface are another common occurrence affiliated with this type of medicalcondition. If the inflammatory conditions occur, they may be accompanied byscaly skin and increased sensitivity. Some cases may include breathingdifficulties which require immediate medical condition because they may befatal. Fever is another symptom which indicates an occurrence of certain typesof infections.

Relief

Washing the face with cold water and applying coldcompresses reduces the intensity of the symptoms.

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