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What does hives look like on the skin?
What do hives look like? Hives (medically known as urticaria) appear on the skin as wheals that are red, very itchy, smoothly elevated areas of skin often with a blanched center.
How long do rashes and hives last?
Usually, eruptions may last for a few minutes, sometimes several hours, and even several weeks to months. Most individual hives last no more than 24 hours. What are the different types of urticaria? Acute episodes of urticaria last for six weeks or less.
Can hives be white?
Other symptoms may include a burning or stinging sensation, and when pressed, the center of a red hive usually turns white – this is known as "blanching". Hives can move around the skin, and may last an hour on one part of your body only to disappear and then come back again to a different area.