What causes hives on the wrists

Hives (Allergic skin disease, nettle rash, urticaria)

Hives, or urticaria, is a common allergic skin disease. It is so called because it causes symptoms similar to skin contact with nettles. The main symptoms are wheals (raised skin) and severe itching. Quaddle addiction is also often spoken of.

There are two forms of urticaria: the acute and the chronic form. The acute form of urticaria usually heals on its own within a few hours or days; the chronic form can persist for many months.

Often the trigger is unknown. However, the symptoms of urticaria often occur in connection with real allergies. Most common on insect bites, medicines, and food.

Adult women in particular are affected somewhat more often than men.
Some of the symptoms can also be triggered mechanically - for example, by friction or pressure on the skin.

But external stimuli such as cold, warmth, sunlight or physical and emotional stress can also be triggers. If the urticaria has an immunological cause (i.e. an allergy), it occurs as an immediate allergic reaction, for example after consumption or contact with the allergen. In severe cases, the person concerned suffers an allergic shock reaction with circulatory collapse, which is an absolute emergency.


The skin disease urticaria is neither contagious nor hereditary; however, a familial predisposition is sometimes observed.