hives

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hives

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈhīvz\

medicine : a condition in which an area of your skin becomes red and itchy

Full Definition of HIVES

:  an allergic disorder marked by raised edematous patches of skin or mucous membrane and usually intense itching and caused by contact with a specific precipitating factor (as a food, drug, or inhalant) either externally or internally —called also urticaria

Origin of HIVES

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1500

hives

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈhīvz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HIVES

: an allergic disorder marked by raised edematous red patches of skin or mucous membrane and usually by intense itching and caused by contact with a specific precipitating factor (as a food, drug, or inhalant) either externally or internally—called also urticaria

hives

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Allergic skin reaction in which slightly raised, flat-topped, very itchy swellings appear suddenly. The acute form, probably most often caused by food allergies, subsides in 6–24 hours, but the chronic form, believed to be due to emotional and mental stress, lasts much longer. Acute hives may also be triggered by drugs, especially penicillin, inhaled allergens or toxins, or diseases. Treatment involves identifying and avoiding the allergen; epinephrine and antihistamines may help the acute skin symptoms.

Variants of HIVES

hives or urticaria

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