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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on gives.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Hives or welts (medically termed ‘urticaria’) are a red, itchy, raised skin rash that can look like a group of mosquito bites.

Hives are a common allergic reaction, which is the body’s response to an allergen or ‘trigger’. They are usually harmless to most people. Hives can occur anywhere on the body and can affect people of all ages. The rash can quickly change shape and come and go over a matter of minutes or hours. The rash may last for days.

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Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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