Hives can be different sizes and shapes, and appear anywhere on the body in both adults and children.
The rash is often itchy and sometimes feels like it's stinging or burning.
A pharmacist can help with hives
Your pharmacist can give you advice about antihistamine tablets to bring down your hives rash.
Tell your pharmacist if you have a long-term condition – you might not be able to take antihistamines.
They also may not be suitable for young children.
- difficulty breathing
- difficulty swallowing
- dizziness or fainting
- nausea or vomiting
- an increased heart rate
- rapid and severe swelling of the face, mouth or throat
These could be signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as anaphylactic shock.
Your GP may prescribe corticosteroids, menthol cream or stronger antihistamines.
If your hives do not go away with treatment, you may be referred to a skin specialist (dermatologist).