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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.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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