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Do I have an increased risk of hives if I have allergies?

Hives, or urticaria, are a response by your body to histamines released by certain cells during allergic reactions. If you have allergies, your immune system may be more likely to release these histamines. Therefore, you may be more likely to get hives if you have allergies.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Existing allergies increase the risk of hives. Allergies to things such as pet dander, foods, or dust can cause allergic skin reactions that may include hives. Asthma and hay fever also cause allergic flare-ups. Hives are a very common allergic reaction to various drugs, foods, and certain conditions. The raised, red, itchy welts vary in size and can appear as small spots or large blotches. Consult a dermatologist or allergist for more information.

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