Have you ever had hives for what seemed to be no reason? These red spots can appear and disappear randomly and are relatively common. Sometimes the reason they appear can be obvious. For example, if you are allergic to a certain scent or food and you come in contact, you could start to sport these common welts. Good news is that they are generally easily treated and don’t last long. You can simply take antihistamines and be on your merry way. Here are a few reasons you might get hives that you may not have realized:
- Certain medications. Certain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, penicillin, morphine or oxycodone can all make you break out in hives. Generally, hives will sprout up within an hour of taking the medication and will go away quickly. If you’re worried, call your doctor.
- Stress! Stress seems to cause everything doesn’t it? Intense emotions or nervousness can give you hives because your immune system starts to fail. These type of hives generally last less than a day and calm down when you calm down.
- If you have an extra intense workout or if the weather is extremely hot, you can develop hives. They usually start on your neck, upper chest, face and back. If this happens a lot, start taking antihistamines before your workout.
- You came in contact with an environmental allergen. Anything from sunlight, heat, cold, pollen, grass or dust can give you an allergic reaction which includes hives.
- You wear tight clothing. If you regularly wear tight clothes, it puts pressure on your skin and then it can become irritated and you’ll get hives. This can also happen if you switch to a new laundry detergent or wear a fabric you might be allergic to.
- You might have an undiagnosed autoimmune disease. Lupus, thyroid disease, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome have all been known to give you hives. If you are dealing with other symptoms and hives for over a month, see your doctor right away.
- You ate or drank something that didn’t agree with you. Food or alcohol can often cause hives. You can get an allergic reaction from something you’re allergic to (obviously) or because of food additives, dyes or sulfites. If you develop hives after eating or drinking something, be mindful of what the cause could be so you can avoid it in the future. Alcohol (especially wine), shellfish, eggs, nuts and deli meats are common triggers.
Do you ever get hives? What causes them for you? Share with us in the comments below!