What are the risk factors for hives?

What are the risk factors for hives?

What are the risk factors for hives?

Risk of hives, either acute or chronic, increases due to any of the following:

  • Allergies (existing or newly developed)
  • A personal history of hives
  • A family history of hives (especially in the case of hereditary angioedema, although rare)
  • A known disorder that is associated with hives (infections such as urinary tract infection, strep throat, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or type 1 diabetes)
  • Frequent viral infections
  • Medications (allergic and non-allergic mechanisms, including codeine (10), aspirin, morphine, and NSAIDs)
  • Existing skin sensitivities or dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)
  • Existing sensitivities to disinfectants, dyes, chemicals, or perfume fragrances
  • Emotional triggers (association with stress and anxiety) (11)

References:

10. Medline Plus. 30 July 2018. Codeine: https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682065.html [Accessed 29.08.2018]

11. Pubmed Health. Urticaria (Hives): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0022705/ [Accessed 29.08.2018]

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