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What is acute urticaria?

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Acute urticaria is a condition marked by hives lasting less than six weeks. The most common causes are certain foods, medications, or infections. Insect bites and internal disease may also be responsible.

The most common foods that cause hives are nuts, chocolate, fish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries, and milk. Fresh foods cause hives more often than cooked foods. Certain food additives and preservatives may also be to blame.

Drugs that can cause hives and angioedema include aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, high blood pressure drugs (ACE inhibitors), or painkillers such as codeine.

From: Hives and Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 12, 2017

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