Urticaria, commonly recognized as hives, is a result of a vascular skin reaction forming red or white welts that are often itchy in nature. The welts typically vary in size and can appear and fade repeatedly. When hives occur for greater than 6 weeks, or recur over an extended period, they are classified as Chronic Urticaria (CU) or chronic hives. These hives are not contagious or life threatening, but they may be uncomfortable and interfere with daily activities, sleep, and eating if present around the mouth or lips.
Common signs and symptoms of chronic hives include:
Chronic hives are typically a sign of an underlying health problem. The following conditions may contribute to chronic hives.
The first step is to identify the root cause, or the imbalances, that are triggering symptoms. Collecting data is essential to determine the course of treatment. Possible tests or assessments your Functional Medicine doctor may order or conduct include.
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