Chronic hives signs and symptoms include:
- Batches of red or white welts (wheals), usually on the face, trunk, arms or legs
- Welts that vary in size, change shape, and appear and fade repeatedly as the reaction runs its course
- Itching, which may be severe
- Swelling that causes pain or burning (angioedema), especially inside the throat and around the eyes, cheeks, lips, hands, feet and genitals
- A tendency for signs and symptoms to flare with triggers such as heat, exercise and stress
- A tendency for symptoms to recur frequently and unpredictably, sometimes for months or years
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you have:
- Severe hives
- Hives that don't respond to treatment
- Hives that continue to appear for several days
Seek emergency care if you:
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- Feel dizzy
- Have severe chest tightness or trouble breathing
- Feel your tongue or throat swelling
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