Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population gets hives, also called urticaria, at least one time in their life. Hives are red, swollen welts and can appear anywhere on your body. They are sometimes itchy. Hives can last anywhere from a few minutes to several weeks, however, each individual welt should disappear within 24 hours.
Causes of Hives
Usually, hives are caused by an allergic reaction to either a drug or certain foods. If you have other allergies, you are more likely to get hives. For some, the cause of the hives is obvious. An allergic reaction to certain foods, such as peanuts or shellfish, may cause hives within minutes or hours of eating the food.
In other cases, the cause is not so obvious. Some of the other reasons hives may occur are:
Allergies to pollen, animals, latex or other substances
Infections and illnesses, such as thyroid disease or hormonal problems
Sun exposure or exposure to heat or cold
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Proper Care of the Body's Shock Absorbers Just like motor oil keeps your car running smoothly, there’s an important fluid that lubricates and nourishes your joints. This substance is called synovial (syn ō vi`al) fluid, and joints that contain it — like your shoulders and hips — are called synovial joints. As you move, sacks of this fluid cushion your knees and elbows against friction, and these sacks are known as bursae (bûr´s∂). When you hear people talk about tennis elbow — outer elbow pain often caused by repetitive motion — they actually have inflamed bursae, which doctors refer to as bursitis. Joint pain can interfere with your physical activity and daily life. The flip side, however, is that as your fitness level increases, joint pain may decrease. Here are some things you can do to encourage both of these desired results: * Warm up before any activity. Try this for your knees: Sit in a chair, and slowly raise your left foot un...
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