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Causes of Hives

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Updated March 20, 2014

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Hives Causes - Diseases
Causes of Hives
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When a cause for hives can be found, it's most likely an infection. Viral upper respiratory infections cause about 40% of hives rashes. Fortunately, these hives outbreaks resolve as the infection resolves. A chronic bacterial infection, especially sinusitis, may be the culprit if a case of hives is lingering.

The diseases listed above are rare causes of hives, with the exception of thyroid disease. People with chronic urticaria have a higher incidence of thyroid problems compared to the general population.

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