Research studies have shown that up to 50 percent of people who have chronic hives also have Hashimoto’s disease. This is an autoimmune disorder that causes hypothyroidism.
Hives symptoms tend to be more severe when a person has Hashimoto’s. Also, look out for symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, depression, constipation, and muscle weakness coupled with hives.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, and inflammation in the joints of the body. It can also cause tiredness, weakness, weight loss, and malaise.
Hives on the skin is another recognized symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. While the rash is commonly a side effect of medications used to treat the condition, that isn’t always the case.