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What will your doctor ask to diagnose chronic hives?

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The doctor will want to know:

It may be helpful to keep a diary for a few weeks to bring to your appointment. This will help your doctor rule things in or out.

  • What kinds of things are you exposed to at home or work?
  • Do you have pets? Have you been around other people’s animals lately?
  • What medications do you take?
  • What kinds of foods do you eat regularly?
  • Do you notice that you get hives when you’re hot, cold, or sweaty?

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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