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Can You Catch Hives
Hives 4 week, steroid pack worked for 2 days. I catch every bug & have all over inflammation. Rume says mechanical but has no explanation for why?
Multiple causes: Steroids are very helpful for a vasculitis and some allergic and autoimmune hives. Lower sedating antihistamines such as Cetirizine (zyrtec) can often be very useful. Antibiotics can cause hives as long as two weeks after completing the antibiotic but can persist for 6 months. If hives persist for 6 weeks, physicians most of the time do not have an answer. Most long term hives are autoimmune. ...Read more
Many causes: There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, stress, cold temperatures, and exercise amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause. For further evaluation and management, consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended for evaluation and management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many causes: There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, stress, cold temperatures, and exercise amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning no known cause. For further evaluation and management, consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Hives can be acute and last less than 1 day- 1 week or they can be chronic lasting greater than 6 weeks. Acute hives often have a trigger- such as food, medication, bug bite, venom sting, or pet allergy. However, they can also coincide with infections and the cause may not be easy to identify. Hives that are chronic >6 weeks require evaluation by an allergist and often have no known cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well....: I think you mean to say will you keep getting hives "forever"? If you are clearly get hives when you come into contact some "offending agent" then every time you come into contact with it yes, you will get hives, and maybe worse. However, a lot of the time we are not able to determine why you get hives (or to what). See your dermatologist or allergist if it continues to be a problem. ...Read more
So Many Causes: There are a number of potential causes of hives (urticaria) which include: viral infections, parasitic infections, IgE-mediated allergic reactions like bee stings, medication allergy, latex allergy, food allergy, transfusion reactions, and contact reactions. Some meds/products can induce hives like narcotics, radiocontrast media, muscle relaxants, stinging nettle, physical stimuli, and foods. ...Read more
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