Urticaria also known as hives are red, itchy skin rashes that are sometimes caused by an allergen. Normally, when you witness an allergic reaction, the body releases a protein called histamine. When histamine is released, the tiny blood vessels tend to leak fluid. The fluid accumulates and causes skin rashes. Hives is not contagious in nature. Some of the known triggers of urticaria include consumption of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, bacterial infection, intestinal parasites, high body temperature etc.