They are so common in fact that it's been estimated that roughly 1 out of 5 people will experience the development and symptoms of hives at least once during their lifespan.
This is a skin condition that really packs a punch, and it's true medical name is urticaria.
From here there are some things that are important to address.
For instance, people will either experience 1 of 2 forms of urticaria (hives).
There is either acute, meaning that it is temporary and will not last longer on average for more than 6 weeks.
Acute urticaria can be so short as to only last for a few hours.
However, if you have noticed your hives have been around for longer than 6 weeks, then you probably have chronic urticaria, which can last anywhere from a couple of months up to several years.
In both cases of chronic and acute hives, the symptoms and physically noticeable spots (known as wheals or welts) can disappear from one part of the body and reappear on another.
During chronic urticaria, it's very common for a hives patient to experience an intense outbreak that can last for a varying range of time, and then have the urticaria completely clear up on it's own, only to reappear some time later.
For chronic urticaria sufferers it's very frustrating, because it can be a question of "when is it going to return?".
Earlier I had mentioned the spots that itch and are noticeable with hives.
These are commonly referred to as 'wheals' or 'welts'.