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Hives are triggered by an allergic reaction, causing your skin to develop bumps or rashes. Hives can cover most of your body or just one area, and they can develop right away or form over several days. They usually go away within 24 hours. Chronic hives can last for months or years.

The bumps or rashes associated with hives are typically:

  • Red or flesh-colored
  • Intensely itchy
  • Feel warm, burn, or hurt
  • Roughly oval or shaped like a worm
  • A few millimeters to several inches in size


Antihistamine Medication
Your dermatologist may recommend that you take antihistamine medication to help control the itching related to your hives.

Ointment or Cream
Your dermatologist may prescribe a topical ointment, cream, or lotion that you will apply directly to your skin.

Medication Injection
Your dermatologist may give you an injection of medication to treat the allergic reaction that is causing your hives.


Physical Exam
Through a medical examination of your skin, we can accurately diagnose and determine the best way to treat your hives.

Skin Allergy Test
Your dermatologist may use a skin allergy test to confirm the cause of your hives.

Why Choose UHealth?

World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments for dermatologic conditions.

Compassionate care in an academic medical center. You benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and latest medical advancements developed by our researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. You will receive the most accurate diagnosis and a detailed plan to keep your skin healthy.  

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