Why do I keep on getting hives?
Symptoms: 6 A sudden attack of hives, a raised, red, itchy rash that disappears in about 30 minutes.
6 Attacks of hives occurring at intervals over a few weeks.
6 Hives that come and go over a week or months.
It could be: 6 An allergy to a food you've eaten. These can appear out of the blue without any warning.
6 An allergy to a drug - an over-the-counter one such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or a course prescribed by your doctor like antibiotics.
6 An allergic reaction to insect bites, the most common of which is fleas.
Stop it: 6 See your doctor to have a prick test done to confirm which food you're allergic to and avoid it. Antihistamines and calamine lotion will relieve the itching.
6 Stop any medication you're taking and consult your doctor as soon as possible.
6 De-flea any pets and the pets of relatives.