Urticaria, or hives (sometimes also referred to as welts or wheals), is a common disorder affecting around 20% of the general population.
It causes skin lesions that are raised, round or oval in shape, red in colour and very itchy.
Urticaria can be acute and last no longer than 6 weeks and is usually self-resolving.
It can also be chronic and recur most days of the week for more than 6 weeks and require further investigations.
The etiology can be allergic, secondary to infections (viral or bacterial) or other systemic diseases and thus might require work-up for underlying causes.
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Raya Zreik, M.D.
Specialist in Internal Medicine
Fellowship in Endocrinology American University of Beirut