Pediatric Urticaria: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Pediatric Urticaria?

Urticaria is the medical term for HIVES. Hives are red raised bumps (pink spots with pale centers) or welts on the skin. They can occur anywhere on the body as small individual spots or large interconnected bumps. It is a very common condition.
Hives that persist for 6 weeks or less are called acute hives and those that go on longer than 6 weeks are chronic hives. Hives due to physical stimuli, such as pressure, cold, or sun exposure, are called physical hives.

Recovery Time

Acute hives lasts for hours, days or a few weeks. Chronic hives lasts for 6-8 weeks or more. In chronic hives the lesions are often not as dramatic as acute hives, but recur for days at a time, or in some cases are persistent or are present on most day.


A doctor will examine the rash and ask about your child?s diet, habits and family history of allergies to diagnose hives.

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