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How are hives diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Hives are diagnosed based on their appearance. Your doctor may ask questions to find out if something is causing an allergic reaction. Occasionally, your doctor may suggest a skin or blood test to identify specific allergies. If the hives are chronic (lasting more than 6 weeks) it may be difficult to pin down the cause. In this case the doctor may perform other tests to try to find the cause of the hives, which could include infection, cancer, autoimmune disease, thyroid disorders, or stress. Make sure to let the doctor know about any other symptoms you may be experiencing.

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