Hives Causes — Information about Hives Causes

It’s nasty. It’s grotesque. It’s itchy as hell.

Whatever it is, you’re darn sure you never want them again.

A good news for you is that hives is a symptom, like a headache. There is specific, underlying causes for that symptom. So, it is important to understand your hives causes because it might be your body’s way of telling you something is not right.

Hives are caused by histamine and part of your skin called mast cells. Swelling occurs when histamine causes fluid to leak from local blood vessels, protruding the skin to what is called ‘wheals’, otherwise know as, ‘Hives’.

When you have a hives outbreak, Your body is letting you know either something is wrong with your body and you need to pay attention to it immediately, or that it doesn’t like some stuff that you are putting inside your body.

Which means that there are very specific conditions that trigger your hives outbreak and if you fix or avoid these conditions, you will be much less likely to have an outbreak again.

Therefore, again, it is important to know and understand the your cause of your hives.

Hives causes are different from person to person, so take a close look to find out which is likely your case.

Causes of hives are due to either: allergic reactions, stress, physical irritation, infections or an underlying disease.

Allergic Reactions to Cause Hives


Certain foods trigger hives. In fact, it’s a very common cause of hives. When food is the cause, hives appear within minutes.

These food include nuts, chocolate, fish, tomatoes, eggs, shellfish, fresh berries, and milk.


Hives caused by allergic reaction to medications usually take longer to appear than foods, up to couple weeks. But sometimes, it is reported to show right away, as sooon as first dose has absorbed into the body.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are most common in causing hives.

Stress Causes Hives

Stress is a common cause of hives. Similar to how anxiety causes headaches, insomnia, and stomach problems, stress is our body’s way of expression caused by an underlying tension.

Stress disrupts and affects our body in various ways and skin is an especially vulnerable area.

Skin is our body’s largest organ. It’s sensitive and react to both internal and external irritations.

When a person is stressed, the hormonal balance is disrupted, generating excessive amounts of adrelanine and cortisol.

This in turn triggers the cause of hives, resulting in outbursts all over your body.

You may not think that you are stressed, or under just a little bit of stress. You may even think you are calm. But unconsciously, your body might be producing stress-related hives. Not only negative stress triggers it, but sometimes even positive stress, such as too much excitement can also be a factor.

What’s important to note about stress is that stress leads to even more stress. For example, stress causes your hives, and noticing it, you may in turn become even more stressed. It can become a viscious cycle.

This is especially detrimental to the treatment of your hives because negative thoughts and worries substantially weakens our immune system, and prevents our body to heal properly and efficiently. Thus, delaying the healing of your hives.

Physical factors causes Hives

Physical stimulations or irritations also causes hives. Scratching (dermatorgraphism) yourself can be a factor. Also, exercise, pressure, water, coldness, sunlight, heat, fungus, perfume, and deoderant are all reported causes of hives. Even, your pet! Doesn’t leave much out, does it?

Infections causes Hives

If you have an infection somewhere in your body, it might be the cause of your hives. You will know if infection is causing your hives if fever is also present with your hives.

Most common forms of infections are: hepatitis, bacteria, stomach ulcers, and urinary tract infections.

Underlying Diseases causes Hives

You might be developing an underlying disease and that in turn might trigger your hives. Since hives is just a symptom telling you to avoid something, or something is wrong inside your body, it can also let you know of a disease you might be developing in its early stages,
Which can even be a lifesaver.

Some common diseases that cause hives include kidney, thyroid, liver, or autoimmune diseases.

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