Hives may be caused by an allergic reaction or a non-allergic reaction. They are small, itchy raised welts on your skin. You can have one hive or many hives at a time. Hives that show up often on your body are caused by chronic urticaria. Before choosing treatment, knowing the underlying cause of your hives is key. Here we give you the diseases that often cause hives and what to do about them.
This blog is dedicated to helping readers recognize what diseases cause hives. Hives are red or white (or some other color) patches on the skin that may itch, burn, sting, or hurt. They develop over a few hours or within a few minutes, and usually disappear within 24 hours. The patches are usually round and don’t have rims like a mosquito bite. Below I’ll discuss common diseases that can cause hives…
What Causes Hives?
Hives are an allergic reaction that’s caused by your body’s immune system overreacting to something you’re exposed to.
The most common triggers of hives include:
- Insect stings or bites (including bees, wasps, and fire ants)
- Foods such as shellfish, eggs, nuts, and strawberries
- Medicines like penicillin, aspirin, and ibuprofen (Advil)
- Temperature extremes like heat or cold
What are The Diseases That Causes Hives?
Hives, or urticaria, is a condition characterized by the appearance of red, swollen bumps on the skin. These bumps are called wheals and can be very itchy and irritating. Hives are typically caused by an allergic reaction to something in your environment, but other causes include infections, autoimmune diseases, and physical trauma.
These bumps can appear anywhere on your body, but they’re most common on the neck, arms, and legs.
Hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to something in your environments like food or medicine, but there are other causes as well.
Here’s a list of diseases that can cause hives:
- Drug allergies (like penicillin)
- Types 1 and 4 diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
- Infections with Epstein Barr virus (mononucleosis), toxoplasmosis, or cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Allergies to foods or other substances such as insect bites or medications are the most common cause of acute hives. About 90 percent of all episodes of hives are caused by allergies. Hives may also result from allergic reactions to latex (rubber gloves), iodine in X-ray dyes and contrast media used for certain medical tests and procedures, or cold air.