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My son ate some cake at a birthday party and then developed hives. What causes hives? Could it have been the cake?
Something in the cake could have caused your son’s hives. Hives — raised, itchy patches on the skin — can develop when someone has contact with an allergen (foods such as eggs or nuts, bee stings, or medicines, etc.) and the body releases a chemical called histamine.
While hives themselves usually go away with time, they can be a sign of a serious allergy. If so, a future allergic reaction could cause more serious problems, like trouble breathing.
See the doctor to figure out what caused your son’s hives. If he has a food allergy, it’s important to have it diagnosed so that your son can learn to avoid potentially dangerous foods and keep emergency medication (epinephrine) with him at all times.
Give epinephrine and call 911 immediately if your son ever has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as throat tightness or breathing trouble.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology offers up-to-date information and a find-an-allergist search tool.
During an allergic reaction, your body’s immune system goes into overdrive. Find out more in this article for kids.
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Hives are red, itchy blotches that can appear because of an allergic reaction. Find out more in this article for kids.
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Find more than 30 articles in English and Spanish about all aspects of food allergies in children.
Millions of Americans, including many kids, have an allergy. Find out how allergies are diagnosed and how to keep them under control.
Although most allergic reactions aren’t serious, severe reactions can be life-threatening and can require immediate medical attention.
Has your child broken out in welts? It could be a case of the hives. Learn how to soothe itchy bumps and help your child feel better.
Hives cause raised red bumps or welts on the skin. They’re pretty common and usually not serious. Find out what to do about hives in this article for teens.
A person with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can seem scary, but the good news is it can be treated.
Doctors are diagnosing more and more people with food allergies. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with food allergies can make a big difference in preventing serious illness.
Struggling with strawberries? Petrified of peanuts? Sorry you ate shellfish? Maybe you have a food allergy. Find out more in this article for kids.
Kids who have celiac disease, a disorder that makes their bodies react to gluten, can’t eat certain kinds of foods. Find out more – including what foods are safe and where to find them.
Food allergies can cause serious and even deadly reactions in kids, so it’s important to know how to feed a child with food allergies and to prevent reactions.
Kids with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The good news is it can be prevented and treated.
If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it’s essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.
A growing number of kids are allergic to nuts and peanuts. Find out more about this problem and how allergic kids can stay healthy.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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