Dr. Hartman explains how to deal with Hives.
- The vast majority of hives are caused by viral infections and are not dangerous.
- Most children who are having a severe allergic reaction (which is rare) will look frightened. How your child acts is more important than how the rash looks.
- Food testing is not routinely recommended for children with hives (unless there is a suspicion for a specific food) since most hives are not the result of food and the inaccuracy of food testing can mislead a family.
- If a child’s hives last for several hours, it is very unlikely to be life-threatening even if they spread all over the body.
- Hives generally come and go, changing location, and are typically responsive to antihistamines (ie: Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, etc. . .)
- It is not unusual for hives to last for up to 6 weeks.
This video is intended only for patients of Westwood-Mansfield Pediatric Associates. Please contact your physician for information if you attend a different practice.