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How can I test for hives?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Dr can examine, test

To evaluate urticaria (hives) that come more than one time, a doctor can first examine and talk with the patient.
Then blood tests can be done, to check for abnormalities in the blood, as well as for antibodies to foods or other possible allergens causing the urticaria. At an allergist's office, skin tests can be done to look for reactions to possible allergens causing the hives.

In brief: Dr can examine, test

To evaluate urticaria (hives) that come more than one time, a doctor can first examine and talk with the patient.
Then blood tests can be done, to check for abnormalities in the blood, as well as for antibodies to foods or other possible allergens causing the urticaria. At an allergist's office, skin tests can be done to look for reactions to possible allergens causing the hives.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Hives

Hives: http://www.
webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hives-urticaria-angioedema#1

In brief: Hives

Hives: http://www.
webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hives-urticaria-angioedema#1
Dr. Stephen Pool
Dr. Stephen Pool
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Test for Hives???

There are specific labs that can be ordered to try to determine the cause in chronic urticaria, but usually nothing in the acute phase.
Skin testing is useless since you already have hyper-reactive skin and you will test positive whether you are allergic or not.

In brief: Test for Hives???

There are specific labs that can be ordered to try to determine the cause in chronic urticaria, but usually nothing in the acute phase.
Skin testing is useless since you already have hyper-reactive skin and you will test positive whether you are allergic or not.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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