Health Tip: What May Be Behind Hives

Part of an allergic reaction

(HealthDay News) -- Hives are itchy, raised, light pink or red patches that erupt on the skin as a result of an allergic reaction.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers this list of possible causes:

  • A reaction to a food; common examples include chocolate, nuts, eggs, milk, berries, shellfish or tomatoes.
  • An insect bite.
  • A reaction to a prescription or over-the-counter medication, commonly antibiotics, pain-relievers, vitamins or herbs, arthritis drugs or antacids.
  • A bacterial, viral or fungal infection.
  • Exposure to the sun or extreme temperature, water or pressure on the skin.
  • Scratching the skin.
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