Knowing The Different Types Of Hives


Taken by Enoch Lau on 20 December 2004

Hives may be a common condition that most people tend to ignore until they go away. While the usual case of the hives only needs taking an OTC antihistamine to treat the symptoms, some cases may be more serious than most people think. It all depends on the type of hives one is experiencing.

Allergic Reaction

Common cases of hives may be associated to certain allergic reactions. The allergies may be triggered by food, pollen, insect bites, pet dander, and medication. A mild bout of the hives in this case can be treated with allergy medications as well as avoiding the known triggers. But some allergic reactions can become severe and can lead to more serious symptoms such as trouble breathing, vomiting, dizziness and severe swelling which require immediate medical attention.

Hives Associated With Infection

Some cases of the hives are associated with an infection. Certain viruses and bacteria lead to the hives when you become infected. Bacterial infections that can lead to a case of the hives include strep throat and urinary tract infections. Viral infections that lead to hives include the common cold, hepatitis, and infectious mononucleosis.

Chronic Hives

This is a serious case of the hives that do not go away easily. They may come as a recurring problem that comes and goes or an ongoing case that can last for weeks and even years. This type of the hives can be a symptom of an underlying health condition such as celiac disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and others. While not life-threatening, such cases of hives may be more difficult to treat.



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