Raised, Itching Welts Usually Indicate Hives
Hives are typically characterized by red, raised patches on the skin. These swollen areas of skin can vary in size and shape.
Hives are typically very itchy and uncomfortable. A sensation of burning or stinging can also accompany itching.
In some cases, hives may be accompanied by deeper swelling in the hands, feet, or face. This type of swelling, known as angioedema, occurs beneath the surface of the skin and, in severe cases, can block airways.