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How are chronic hives diagnosed?

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Your doctor will look for the cause of your welts. If she figures out what’s making you have them, you don’t have CIU.

It’s a process of elimination. She’ll want to rule out more serious conditions that can trigger hives, like hepatitis or an overactive thyroid. She’ll ask you about your medical history and your family’s medical history, and possibly do some tests.

If your doctor is able to rule out other conditions, she may refer you to a skin specialist or allergy specialist.

Things you’re exposed to every day, like food, medication, infections, plants, pet dander, and latex, can sometimes be the problem.

From: How Are Chronic Hives Diagnosed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Chronic Urticaria (Hives).”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology:  “Hives (Urticaria),” “Skin Test.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hives: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Vasculitis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Problem Foods: Is it an Allergy or Intolerance?”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Chronic Urticaria (Hives).”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology:  “Hives (Urticaria),” “Skin Test.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hives: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcome.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is Vasculitis?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Problem Foods: Is it an Allergy or Intolerance?”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on January 23, 2019

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