When you are exposed to an allergen, your white blood cells produce antibodies. The antibodies trigger the release of histamine and other chemicals in your blood called mediators. The mediators can cause hives to appear on the skin. Deep hives that are located on the face near the eyes or lips are termed angioedema.
The welts may come and go. Hives can last as long as a day or weeks. Chronic hives last more than six weeks, and in some cases for months or years.
Am I at Risk
You may be at risk for hives if you have:
• had hives before.
• experienced allergic reactions.
• a medical condition that can cause hives.
• family members that get hives.
• been exposed to allergens or triggers that cause your hives.
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