My Aunt Mary was a beautiful talented musician who played the violin until her death at age 90. She studied Japanese at age 70, counted Lenard Bernstein as a friend, and taught me how to throw a dinner party for twenty without breaking a sweat. But at least once a week this force of nature was distraught by the appearance of hives.
She certainly had plenty of company. It is estimated that at some point in their lives, hives affect one in five people. For some individuals, like my aunt Mary, hives can be a lifelong problem. For others it can be a one time event that lasts a few hours to a few weeks.
What Causes Hives?
Hives are raised , red areas on the skin than can range for the size of a pencil eraser to an area as big as a frisbee. And unlike most other forms of sensitve skin, … Continue Reading…