A 29-year-old female asked:
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what causes chronic hives?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Mostly idiopathic: meaning no known cause to science so far, but in few cases could be due to other hidden cause, hence you need evaluation by a specialist, either an allergist or a dermatologist
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Justin Greiwe
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Chronic Urticaria: Agree with Dr. Al Hegab. The cause of chronic idiopathic or spontaneous urticaria (hives) is currently unknown. It is not due to any medication or food trigger. No specific cause can be identified in most patients. Screening labs can be drawn by Allergist to see if hives caused by autoimmune condition including thyroid disorder. Typical screening labs include CBC/diff, CMP, TSH, ESR/CRP.
Answered on Mar 19, 2016
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Dr. Thomas Josa
38 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Nothing avoidable: This is one of the most frustrating of harmless chronic conditions. In some cases it may me autoimmune but chances are that if you haven't found an avoidable cause by now it's because there is none. There's still an excellent chance that it's going to resolve on it's own but no one can say when. Like so many conditions stress aggravates this one too.
Answered on Mar 19, 2016

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In many cases: of chronic hives ..the cause is not determined ("IDIOPATHIC URTICARIA") I hope this helps! Dr Z
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None: Although allergy to Progesterone has been linked to hives. An overactive thyroid may make hives worse but is not known to cause them.
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