Some people get hives for no apparent reason. Other people get hives after being exposed to a certain substance or after having a specific disease. There are many possible causes of hives, and the best way to find out if you have them is to see your doctor.
An individual’s risk of developing hives increases with age and can be exacerbated by exposure to allergens, such as pets, dust mites, or pollen. Other factors that may increase an individual’s risk include having a medical condition, taking medications, or being of European descent. There are a variety of triggers for hives, but most people experience them after coming in contact with something they’re allergic to.
How Did I Get Hives?
If you’ve ever had a bad reaction to a certain thing, such as food, then you may have been diagnosed with an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is when the body’s immune system overreacts to something it is not used to. This can cause hives, which are raised bumps on the skin caused by an intense response of the immune system. There are different types of allergies and each person can have different symptoms. Some people may only experience mild symptoms while others may experience more severe reactions.
Some people are more prone to hives than others, but there are things you can do to prepare for them.
Here are some common causes of hives:
- Bee and wasp stings
- Food allergies (especially shellfish)
- Medicines (for example – aspirin and penicillin)
- Vitamin A deficiency
- Allergies (to dust mites, pet dander)
You might be wondering how you got hives, and what you can do to prevent them in the future.
Here’s the deal:
First, let us make it clear that hives are not contagious. You can’t catch them from someone else unless they’ve got a really bad case of allergies that make them allergic to your skin, in which case you should get them some Benadryl ASAP.
That said, some things can cause your skin to become itchy and swollen. If you have one of these things happen to you or if you’re worried about getting them again you should talk to your doctor about it so that he or she can help figure out the best course of treatment for your specific needs.