Hives Causes

What causes hives?

Hives, also known as “urticarial”, “welts”, “wheals”, or “nettle rash” are a common problem experienced by one in every 10 people, at some point in their lives.

The first question we ask ourselves it “what’s causing it?” because if we can discover a specific trigger, we can eliminate the thing that’s causing the hives and get relief.

What are hives? Hives occur when something triggers the skin to release a protein called histamine. Histamine causes inflammation which leads to red, itchy blotches in the skin.

What are the Causes of Hives?

•    If your hives are caused by something you ate, they should have been triggered within 12 hours of eating it. Common food triggers are shellfish, nuts, eggs, milk, berries, chocolate, tomatoes and soy products.

•    Products applied to the skin such as creams or using a new washing detergent, perfumes and/or cosmetic products can also cause hives.

•    Extreme changes in temperature and direct sunlight can also trigger a hive outbreak.

•    Can stress cause hives? Yes, stress can cause hives, sometimes people don’t even realize the stress.

•    Insect bites or stings are also known to trigger hives.

•    New drugs or supplements taken can be the cause of hives.

•    Contact with chemicals or poisons.

•    Any infections.

•    Friction and exercise.

•    Pregnancy can be the cause of skin hives.

•    Immune problems.

•    Some diseases can cause hives to appear such as Lupus, Arthritis and Thyroid problems.

Chronic Hives Causes

•    Usually disease related.

•    Certain medications can worsen chronic hives.

Persons with chronic hive problems should avoid:
Coffee, alcohol and tobacco. These products are known to make symptoms worse.

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