Hives, also called urticaria, is one of the most common skin conditions that allergists see in their medical practices. It is a type of skin rash that is characterized by raised, red bumps that are inflamed, itchy, and uncomfortable. In some cases, the bumps even sting or burn.
For most people, hives is not dangerous. It typically lasts a few days and does not leave any long-lasting skin changes. That being said, the condition is unpleasant and the presence of urticaria can indicate that there is a serious underlying health issue. What causes hives? There are numerous possible causes, but sometimes the rash is a symptom of a potentially life-threatening disease or illness.
Here are 13 serious illnesses that hives can be a symptom of…
Recent studies by the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that both lymphoma (cancers originating in the lymphatic system) and blood cancers, such as leukemia, are linked to hives. Hives has also been associated with gastrointenstinal issues.
Nowadays, doctors will generally test for cancer when an individual presents with hives and reports experiencing cancer symptoms such as coughing, pain, weight loss, and lymphadenopathy.