Management of Hives/Urticaria/Nettle Rash




This itchy, temporary rash is caused by histamine release from blood vessels in response to an allergic reaction. Cause/triggers can be new drugs, heat, sun, food allergy.

Symptoms are on examination pale weals on pink/red flare.

Treatment is an over the counter dose related antihistamine i.e. Chlorphenamine (Piriton) from age of one. If under one your child would need to see a GP/Independent Nurse Prescriber for a prescription. The rash will usually settle after a few days.

Cautions-If a drug allergy is suspected stop drug and refer to doctor.

Find out more on the NHS website