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Hives Program

Our experts provide thorough evaluation, comprehensive testing and extensive treatment options for hives (urticaria) and angioedema.


About Hives (Urticaria)

Hives, also called urticaria, is a condition in which red, itchy and swollen/raised areas appear on the skin. Hives affect about 20% of the population at some time during their lives.

Hives can appear all over the body or be limited to one part of the body. They vary in size from small to very large. They may change shape, move around or disappear and reappear over short periods of time. Hives come and go within a few hours. Typically, hives do not last for more than about 24 hours.

Some people with hives may also get swelling or puffiness, called angioedema. This can happen in the face, eyelids, lips, hands, feet and/or genitals.

Learn more about hives.

The Lurie Children's Difference

We take a family-centered approach to care and believe the best results occur when the parents, child and healthcare provider work together, each sharing their area of knowledge to help diagnose and manage your child’s hives. Knowing your child and your family allows us to better help you.

Our Specialists

Our integrated team includes physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric nursing staff to care for children with hives. Institute leadership is provided by Jacqueline A. Pongracic, Head of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Pongracic is board-certified in allergy and immunology and internal medicine.

Meet our team of specialists.

Clinical Research

Lurie Children’s Division of Allergy and Immunology is at the cutting edge of clinical research. We offer our patients with chronic hives the newest treatments as well as opportunities to be part of studies in hopes to discover more treatments and a cure.

We are not currently recruiting patients for hives studies. Check back in the future for updates. 

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