When should you worry about hives? Hives are caused by the release of histamines through your body. This is a normal and healthy process to keep you safe from foreign invaders, but sometimes it can cause irreversible damage to your internal organs and tissues.
This blog will talk about when you should and shouldn’t worry about hives. I know that there are a lot of potential causes for this that can be confusing. We will cover many of those causes in this article so you can have a better understanding, but in the end you will be able to help make an assessment on whether or not you should be more worried about your situation.
When to worry about hives?
Hives are raised, itchy bumps that can appear anywhere on the skin. Hives usually cause no symptoms other than itching, but they can be a sign of an allergy or an autoimmune disease.
If you have hives and experience any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor:
* Sores in your mouth or throat that don’t go away after one week
* Trouble breathing or swallowing
* A fever that lasts more than two days
* Your hives are large and widespread.
* You have hives with no known cause (idiopathic urticaria).
* Occur after an insect bite or other type of exposure to an allergen
* Keep coming back over several months
* Seem different from what you normally get
* Won’t go away after a few weeks
If you have hives and experience any of these symptoms along with them, seek medical attention right away:
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Wheezing or difficulty breathing due to swelling in your throat (this is called stridor)
-Abdominal pain or nausea accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea
-A strange style in your mouth that does not get away
Hives, or urticaria, is a rash you can get anywhere on your body. It’s usually red and itchy, but sometimes it’s white and scaly. Hives are caused by allergies or an immune system reaction to something that you’ve eaten or touched. They can come and go quickly or last for days at a time, but they’re usually harmless.
If you have hives, don’t worry too much they tend to go away on their own in a few days. But if you have hives that last more than 6 weeks, see a doctor right away! This could be a sign of something serious like lupus or another autoimmune disease.