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11 Top Causes for Hives on your Skin
Hives are showing up on your skin and you don’t know why, and this may be your first time having them or it’s something you have been dealing with for some time.
I have researched countless hours to find the answers on all things hives.
We will cover causes, symptoms, treatment/management options, and what I have used firsthand to treat hives with excellent results.
What are Hives?
My definition of hives… “Itchy bumps”.
Merriam-Webster defines hives as “An allergic disorder marked by raised edematous patches of skin or mucous membrane and usually intense itching and caused by contact with a specific precipitating factor (such as a food, drug, or inhalant) either externally or internally.”
Other Common Names for Hives
Hives are also called urticaria (pronounced ur·ti·car·a) which is commonly mixed in with other terms like plaques, wheals, welts, or bumps.
For this article, I am going to try and stick with the term hive(s).
You may have a sensitivity to a chemical, industrial, or environmental hazard. If so, take yourself away from what is causing your irritation if at all possible.
Symptoms of Hives
I have had allergy-related symptoms of hives on my arms, legs, and trunk. These hives consisted of raised pink swollen areas, which were extremely itchy!
My hive investigation has come up with this top list of symptoms for hives on the skin.
Itchy and/or swollen welts
Depending on reaction can be small or large in size
Can be red or skin-colored
Painful swelling around sensitive areas of the face like the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
Symptoms can appear suddenly
Causes of Hives on Skin
The most common cause of hives is the trigger of an allergic reaction.
If you have a known allergy to things like pet dander, pollen, or medications, your allergic response may show in the form of hives on your skin.
Hives can be caused by a broad range of other situations and exposures besides allergies.
List of 11 Common Causes For Hives On The Skin
Exposure to intense heat or cold
Use of alcohol
Illness or infection
Underlying medical conditions or other unknown causes
Keep in mind that although this list is not all-inclusive.
I have read countless stories of individuals who have hives on their skin, and they have not discovered any triggers or reasons for the hives (unknown causes).