Chronic Hives

 

Chronic Hives What Are Chronic Hives?

Chronic hives is any case of hives that lasts longer than 6 weeks. Any hives rash that lasts less than 6 weeks is referred to as acute hives. Chronic hives are also called chronic urticaria, and are areas of raised welts of skin that are white or red in color. Most people that suffer from chronic hives report having hives that last weeks, go away, and then come back again. The process repeats itself over and over again.

 

What Causes Chronic Hives?

Chronic hives, unlike sun hives and cold hives, are caused by chemicals called histamines in the blood stream. When your body thinks an allergen is present in or on the body’s surface, the immune system tells the body to release histamines into the blood stream to fight them off. The body then lets you know that something is not right by swelling and causing the welts or bumps to form. Without you seeing these external signs of trouble, you would never know that histamines have been released into your system. This lets you know something is not right and gives you the chance to fix the problem before it becomes worse.

 

Chronic hives can be caused by shellfish, nuts, milk, berries, fish, medications such as NSAIDs and ACE inhibitors as well as detergents, hay fever and other common allergens. Chronic hives can also be caused by too much stress in your life. This is commonly referred to as stress hives.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of Chronic Hives?

Here are the most common chronic hives symptoms:

Are Chronic Hives Dangerous?

On average, almost half of all people with chronic hives will also have angioedema, which is welts or swelling beneath the skin on the face, eyes, lips, hands and feet or even the throat and genitals. The throat swelling associated with angioedema can cause breathing problems, which can result in death if not treated quickly by your local hospital. If you find that you are having problems breathing, seek immediate medical help. In rare cases, chronic hives can be linked to underlying autoimmune disorders like lupus or thyroid disease.

 

How Do I Get Rid Of My Chronic Hives?

Ironically, with everything we know about chronic hives, most cases go misdiagnosed by dermatologists that do not specialize in hives or the causes are simply never identified. Even when the underlying causes of chronic hives is not known though, certain hives treatments have proven to be effective at eliminating chronic hives outbreaks. Unfortunately, most doctors will simply offer antihistamine medications, which only treat the symptoms and not the hives themselves. This is why antihistamines are poor substitute for a real hives cure.