What Are Chronic Hives?

Medically reviewed in March 2022

Hives, also known as urticaria, present as swollen welts on the skin. They are often itchy and uncomfortable. Watch this video to learn what makes hives chronic and possible triggers.

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Treatment Options for Difficult-to-Treat Chronic Hives

If hives do not respond to treatment, your healthcare provider may recommend one of these therapies.

7 Answers About Angioedema

Learn about this type of inflammation beneath the skin that often occurs alongside hives.


Differences Between Inducible and Spontaneous Chronic Hives

Learn about the two different categories of chronic urticaria.

5 Treatment Options for Chronic Hives

Learn about different treatment options that you might discuss with your healthcare provider.

What Causes Hives?

Find out what causes urticaria—the red, raised, itchy welts on the skin that are more commonly known as hives.