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Causes of Hives


Updated July 03, 2014

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Hives Causes - Foods
Causes of Hives
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This list shows the foods that most often cause hives. But an allergy to foods is actually pretty rare, occurring in 1% of hives sufferers. Whether the food additives listed above actually cause hives is controversial. But many people think their hives are caused by food additives and want to try eliminating them.

Many people have a sensitivity to latex which causes a contact dermatitis. The foods listed in the second table above contain chemicals that are similar enough to those found in latex that eating them can cause an allergic reaction. If you have a latex allergy, cross these foods off your shopping list.


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