The Link Between COVID and Hives

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July 26, 2022

There is much that is still unknown about COVID-19 and its symptoms. While many people experience the typical symptoms of cough, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell, there are other symptoms that appear in some COVID patients. Physicians are beginning to see urticaria, also known as hives, and other rashes in COVID patients. In many cases, hives present themselves as the first symptom. Urticaria is associated with a relatively mild form of the disease. They may look like any of the following:

  • Patchy rash
  • Itchy bumps
  • Round, pinpoint spots on the skin
  • Large patch with several smaller ones
  • A lace-like pattern on the skin
  • Flat spots and raised bumps that join together


These hives may itch and be in one or multiple spots on the body. Reports suggest that the rash typically lasts between two and twelve days, with most people having it for about a week. 

In a recent case published in BMJ Journals, a 54-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced shortness of breath for one day along with generalized weakness and a rash associated with itching and a burning sensation that progressively worsened for three days prior to entering the emergency room. Her hives appeared on many parts of her body. After treatment, the hives resolved within 48 hours.

Diagnosing and Treating Hives

As with any medical condition, you should not try to diagnose yourself. Hives may be a symptom of COVID-19 or a number of other things. If you do experience hives randomly, you can get tested for COVID. In cases that yield a positive result, you should seek medical attention for treatment. These hives may be treated with oral antihistamines and topical steroids. Ask your doctor for the best treatment for your COVID-related hives.

If a negative result returns, your hives could be caused by allergies. Many allergens cause hives, so it’s important to get an allergy test for a quick diagnosis. At NY Allergy & Sinus Centers, we can diagnose your hives in minutes. We then provide a personalized treatment plan to care for your allergies. Ask about our allergy shots that treat the root of your problem, not just the symptoms. 

Meet the Physician Collaborator

Dr. Grossman is a physician specializing in both Pediatric and Adult Allergy & Immunology. He earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center, where he also completed his Allergy and Immunology Fellowship. He is board-certified in Pediatrics as well as Allergy and Immunology and is a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), and the New York Allergy and Asthma Society (NYAAS). Dr. Grossman treats an array of allergic and immunological disorders, with interests in food allergy, asthma, perennial, and seasonal allergies. He enjoys treating both children and adults and looks forward to providing them with outstanding, individualized care. Book an appointment with him or any of our other board-certified allergists by calling (212) 686-6321 or schedule an appointment online.