Mild urticaria

What is Mild Urticaria?

Mild urticaria is an allergic reaction of the skin characterized by red, raised, and itchy bumps called hives. Hives can be caused by exposure to certain environmental triggers such as certain foods, medications, bug bites, trauma, or stress.

These hives usually appear as raised, red, and itchy welts that can range in size from a few millimeters to several inches and can appear anywhere on the body. The hives can last from a few minutes to several days, and might reappear in the same area or spread to other parts of the body.

Common Symptoms of Mild Urticaria

  • Itchiness
  • Red, raised welts on the skin
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Stomach cramps or nausea

Diagnosing Mild Urticaria

Your doctor may recommend a number of tests when diagnosing mild urticaria, including a complete physical exam to identify the rash and other symptoms, a blood test to check for allergies and infections, or a skin sample to determine if there is an infection.

Treating Mild Urticaria

Treatment for mild urticaria typically includes avoiding the trigger and anti-itch medications. In cases of extreme itching, your doctor may prescribe antihistamines or topical steroids. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed. If anxiety or stress is causing the hives, your doctor may recommend counseling, lifestyle changes, and relaxation techniques.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you experience hives that don't go away or if they become worse, as this may indicate a more serious underlying condition.