Healing Skin Disorders Heal Your Skin
Healing Skin Disorders Heal Your Skin

A hive is the common (non-medical) name for the type of skin lesion also known as a wheal.

Hives are known by many names including "wheals", "weals", "nettle rash" which is a type of hive or wheal, and urticaria - which is the medical name.

Generally, hives are rounded or flat-topped elevated lesions caused by broad flares of swollen skin containing an excessive accumulation of fluid. (The medical term for "swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid" is "edematous" - though this word is not used in all texts).

Hives usually occur as a result of an allergic reaction and the release of histamine. Although usually transitory,hives can constitute a medical emergency if the lips, eyes, or tongue are affected because considerable swelling can occur.


See also skin conditions and disorders (all on one page). This may interest students of massage, reflexology, holistic treatments of various types, beauty therapies, and other health related courses.

Further information about skin includes the structure of skin (with diagram), an explanation of what dermatology means and includes and textbooks about dermatology.

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