If you’ve had red or skin-colored bumps that appeared and disappeared quickly, then it’s unlikely to be simple bug bites. The skin rash could be hives, and the itching from hives may range from mild to severe. Hives, also known as urticaria, affects about 20 percent of people at some time during their lives. Scratching, alcoholic beverages, exercise and emotional stress may worsen the itching.

Hives Triggers

Some food (especially peanuts, eggs, nuts and shellfish)

Medications, such as antibiotics (especially penicillin and sulfa), aspirin and ibuprofen

Insect stings or bites

Physical stimuli, such as pressure, cold, heat, exercise or sun exposure


Blood transfusions

Bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections and strep throat

Viral infections, including the common cold, infectious mononucleosis and hepatitis

Pet dander


Some plants

At Skinzone Clinic we regularly treat all varieties of Urticaria. Usually it’s treatable with medication though sometimes injections are required. With regular treatment patients live a very comfortable life.