Although hives can be extraordinarily uncomfortable, they are not contagious. The doctors at Arcadia Allergy & Asthma work hard to diagnose your hives to find the root cause of the problem so that we can create a comprehensive treatment plan to minimize how often your hives flare up or eradicate them altogether. This is not an uncommon condition and if you know the symptoms and the cause of your hives, we can determine the severity of this uncomfortable condition.
Symptoms for hives or urticaria include welts that vary in size, color, and shape, batches of red or skin colored welts, painful swelling and severe itching, and sometimes persistent symptoms that can last six or more weeks. As well as symptoms, there are many different causes for these symptoms that can sometimes trigger hives including heat, cold, stress, sunlight, exercise, alcohol, food, scratching, infections, insects, parasites, and even medications.