While people who suffer from hives are not alone, this isn’t much of a comfort to them when their lives are consumed with not knowing why they have their symptoms. Hives can literally turn a person’s life upside down: They’re uncomfortable. One often doesn’t know what’s causing their hives, why they can’t sleep and why they don’t want to leave their homes or go to work — all of this can lead to emotional distress. Yet, hives are often easily treated with medications.
In my allergy clinic, I see people every day who suffer from hives. Some people have had symptoms for a few days; others have had symptoms for decades, and yet, each and every one of them is extremely bothered by their symptoms. Through a proper evaluation and treatment plan, almost all people who suffer from hives can achieve good control of their symptoms, but may not be able to be cured.
Learn more about the basics of hives.autoimmune causes.
In addition, stress can cause hives, whether or not the stress is good stress (going on vacation) or bad stress (death in the family).
Learn more about what causes hives.
Physical HivesPhysical causes for hives occur in up to 20% of people with chronic hives. These physical triggers include pressure (called "dermatographism"), heat (called "cholinergic"), cold, sunlight (solar urticaria) and exercise (exercise-induced anaphylaxis). Each one of these forms of physical hives has unique features that warrant special consideration.
Learn more about each form of physical hives:
- Dermatographism (hives caused by pressure)
- Cholinergic Urticaria (hives caused by heat and sweating)
- Cold Urticaria
- Solar Urticaria (hives caused by sunlight)
- Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis (hives caused by exercise)
Learn about the best ways to treat hives.
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