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How much should I worry about urticaria?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Hive Worry Index
On a scale of 1-10 (10 worst).
Hives <6 weeks: 2. Hives >6 weeks: 3. After you see your doctor or allergist to rule-out the bad stuff: 2. Hives with swollen lips or eyelids (angioedema):4. Hives with swollen tongue:5. Angioedema without hives:5. Hives with vomiting, stomachache, difficulty breathing, passing out or nearly so:10. If score 3 or more see your doctor.

In brief: Hive Worry Index
On a scale of 1-10 (10 worst).
Hives <6 weeks: 2. Hives >6 weeks: 3. After you see your doctor or allergist to rule-out the bad stuff: 2. Hives with swollen lips or eyelids (angioedema):4. Hives with swollen tongue:5. Angioedema without hives:5. Hives with vomiting, stomachache, difficulty breathing, passing out or nearly so:10. If score 3 or more see your doctor.
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Excellent breakdown. I would still make sure you have the allergist follow you closely to ensure resolution and rule out severe problems. Hive diaries can also help patients pin-point triggers
Dr. Paul Carter
Agree. A one time episode lasting a short time and not recurring is not much to worry about. However, hives that are recurrent, particularly if they seem to be associated with eating a specific food, should be further evaluated by your board certified allergist.
Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: See your doctor
Urticaria (or hives) is a very common condition.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will have hives sometime in their lifetime. Hives can be caused by a number of things - both allergic and non-allergic. Hives that don't go away after a couple of weeks should be evaluated by a doctor. Hives with swelling, especially swelling of the throat, lips, or tongue need to be treated immediately.

In brief: See your doctor
Urticaria (or hives) is a very common condition.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will have hives sometime in their lifetime. Hives can be caused by a number of things - both allergic and non-allergic. Hives that don't go away after a couple of weeks should be evaluated by a doctor. Hives with swelling, especially swelling of the throat, lips, or tongue need to be treated immediately.
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