7 Common Causes of Skin Hives

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Urticaria, or what’s more commonly known as hives, is a medical condition in which the skin becomes red, bumpy and itchy. According to the Virtual Medical Centre, it affects about one-quarter of the U.S. population. Most hives develop in specific areas of the body, though they can spread or move around over time. If you suffer from hives, you should try to identify what specifically triggers this condition in your body. Only then will you be able to change your daily lifestyle to avoid and protect against hives.


#1) Pollen

Exposure to pollen can cause hives in people with seasonal allergies. Hives form as a result of an overactive immune system. People who are allergic to pollen have an overactive immune system that identifies the pollen — ragweed, birch, grass, oak, etc. — as being a foreign invader. And like actual foreign invaders, the person’s immune system responds by attacking it with white blood cells, resulting in inflammation and other characteristic symptoms of hives.


#2) Cold Infection

Something as simple as a cold infection can cause an outbreak of hives. Each year, the average person will catch two to three colds. Caused by the rhinovirus virus, the common cold is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract. When you are infected with the rhinovirus, your immune system will go into overdrive as it attempts to neutralize the virus. Normally, the immune system will clear up the infection without any ill effect. In some cases, though, it may cause excessive inflammation in the skin that results in the formation of hives. If a cold infection is causing you hives, it should go away once your infection has cleared.


#3) Tooth Decay

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly does more than just protect against cavities; it reduces your risk of developing hives. According to a study cited by IMMUNOe Research, people who suffer from tooth decay and other related dental problems are about one-third more likely to have chronic, long-lasting hives than their counterparts who maintain a healthy smile. It’s unknown how tooth decay increases the risk of chronic hives, though some experts believe that it’s related to the immune system’s response to excessive amounts of bacteria in the mouth.



#4) Cold Temperatures

In addition to the cold virus, exposure to cold temperatures has been shown to cause hives. Known as cold urticaria, it’s a relatively rare condition that affects fewer than 0.1% of the general population. People who suffer from cold urticaria develop characteristic skin rashes when exposed to cold temperatures. Research shows that cold exposure promotes the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals in people suffering from this condition. If you only suffer from skin hives during the winter, cold urticaria could be to blame. You can prevent cold temperatures from triggering skin hives, however, by covering the problematic area or areas of your skin with extra clothing. If you develop hives on your hands, for instance, consider wearing gloves. If you develop hives on your legs, wear sweatpants or athletic compression pants underneath your regular pants.


#5) Medications

Certain medications have been associated with hives. Normally, medication-triggered hives are caused by an allergic reason. If you are allergic to aspirin, for example, you may develop skin hives after taking aspirin. Your immune system wrongfully believes the aspirin is a harmful foreign substance, so it releases more white blood cells that cause inflammation.

Other medications that may cause hives include the following:

  • Codeine
  • Penicillin
  • Cefaclor
  • Anti-convulsants
  • Anti-diabetic drugs


#6) Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a common autoimmune disorder that’s characterized by a gluten allergy. It involves an overactive immune response to a specific type of grain-based protein known as gluten. While different people experience different symptoms from celiac disease, some develop hives. Their immune system attacks the digestive system, causing inflammation that can manifest as skin hives. To prevent celiac disease from causing hives, you must avoid eating or drinking gluten. Once gluten has been cut out from your diet, you shouldn’t experience hives or other symptoms associated with celiac disease.


#7) Mold

Exposure to mold can also cause skin hives. It’s not something that most people want to acknowledge, but mold is all around us. Even in an otherwise clean and tidy home, there are probably mold spores present in the air. Exposure to small, normal amounts of mold typically won’t trigger any adverse symptoms in the majority of the population. Individuals with a mold allergy, however, may experience symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, watery eyes, coughing and skin hives. The symptoms generally subside once the individual is no longer exposed to the specific mold allergen. Until that happens, though, skin hives and other symptoms may linger for days, weeks or even months.


If mold or celiac disease is causing you hives, contact us today to learn more about our treatment solutions. Atlanta Chiro and Wellness offers a variety of services to eliminate problems associated with mold exposure or celiac disease.

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