Urticaria also known as Hives is a frustrating condition, characterized by wheals, itching and redness in an episodic pattern, disturbing the quality of life of an individual. The condition can be fairly embarrassing as it is associated with episodes of intense itching which is unpredictable. Urticaria may or may not be associated with swelling of the lips, tongue or other parts of the body which can be associated with pain and rarely difficulty in breathing. Urticaria may be classified into

a) Acute – Lasting for less than 6 weeks
b) Chronic – Lasting for more than 6 weeks

Moreover, urticaria may be secondary to various physical stimuli