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Chronic hives are a condition in which the welts last more than six weeks or recur over months or years. Chronic hives usually aren't life-threatening, but the condition can be very uncomfortable and interfere with sleep and daily activities. Often, the cause is not clear and in some cases, chronic hives are a sign of an underlying health problem, such as thyroid disease or lupus.
You can try various treatments to relieve your symptoms. For many people, antihistamine and anti-itch medications provide relief from chronic hives.
Chronic hives signs and symptoms include:
These precautions may help prevent or soothe recurring skin reactions of chronic hives:
Related article: Mayo Clinic Q and A: Chronic Hives Come and Go With No Clear Pattern
More study is needed, but some evidence supports the following alternative medicine approaches for providing relief of symptoms:
See your doctor if you have:
Seek emergency care if you:
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