Acute hives may clear up in a few weeks. Chronic hives are defined as a case lasting more than six weeks or as a recurring problem over months or years.
We can help determine the cause of your hives and formulate a customized treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms. If you are experiencing the following symptoms you should seek treatment:
- Varying sizes of welts which come and go
- Itchy patches of red or discolored skin
- Sleeplessness caused by welt pain or itching
- Repeated outbreaks of welts over months or years
- Painful swelling of throat, lips, eyelids
As a stand-alone problem, hives are not a medical emergency. However, if these occur as part of a bigger issue such as a serious allergic reaction, especially in a child, you should seek emergency care. For instance, seek help if itchy hives are accompanied by dizziness, breathing trouble, and/or lip, eyelid or tongue swelling.