Hives, also called Urticaria, occur on the body as an adverse reaction to an allergen or for another unknown reason. When an outbreak of hives occurs, pale red bumps appear anywhere on the body and the skin becomes swollen. Mostly, hives are just itchy, but they can also sting or burn.
There is no definitive answer to how long do hives last because it varies based on the type you have. A mild case of hives can last only a few hours to a day. While more severe cases can last over six weeks. If you contract acute urticaria, you hives will last less than six weeks. This type of hives is caused by an allergy to certain foods or medicines. An insect bite may also cause acute urticaria. The more serious type of hives is called chronic urticaria and many times the cause cannot be identified. In addition to skin symptoms, chronic urticaria can also affect internal organs such as the lungs and cause muscle soreness and vomiting.
To make the hives outbreak more bearable, you can put a cold compress or wet cloth on the affected area and wear loose clothing. Also, if you know what cause your outbreak, avoid that trigger to prevent the case from getting worse.
Skin allergy tips that can help reduce the effects of skin conditions such as Contact Dermatitis and Eczema include trying not to scratch the affected area because that can cause the symptoms to spread or may even cause an infection. Cold cloths or compresses can also reduce symptoms of both these conditions. You can use antihistamines or a topical cream to reduce the redness of your skin.
Prevention can be very effective when battling these conditions. If you avoid foods or other things to which you are allergic, you can prevent an outbreak before it occurs.