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Dr. Hartman explains how to deal with Hives.

  1. The vast majority of hives are caused by viral infections and are not dangerous.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Hives generally come and go, changing location, and are typically responsive to antihistamines (ie: Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, etc. . .)
  6. 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.