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Hives is a skin rash that develops in response to an allergy or infection. Hives may last a few minutes or a few hours or a few weeks.
Occasionally, hives are part of a more severe allergy reaction that quickly leads to difficulty breathing. If this happens, call 911.
Symptoms of hives are:
If your child gets hives, you should carefully make a list of recent foods she has eaten, environmental exposures and activities.
Call your health care provider to make a clinic visit, and be sure to bring the list with you and your child.
Give oral Benadryl® (by mouth) every four to six hours for relief.
First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 02/01/2010
Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Medical Clinic - Coon Rapids