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Hives (Urticaria), Chest Pain Together Can Be Very Alarming

If you break out in hives, chest pain is often another symptom. This can be a frightening experience for anyone.  Hives is known medically as urticaria. Chest pain is not a normal symptom associated with most instances of hives, but it is not all that unusual either. In some cases of urticaria, chest pain can help your physician narrow down the possible cause and make a diagnosis. Reoccurring bouts with hives can be very difficult to live with for anyone. Hives and chest pain is even worse. And probably the worst part is that so many cases go undiagnosed. More than 50 percent of all urticaria is classified as idiopathic, meaning of unknown cause.

 

Sudden Urticaria, Chest Pain Could Be An Anaphylactic Reaction

 

Anaphylaxis is a serious situation that requires immediate attention. It often presents with hives, chest pain, wheezing, and difficulty in breathing. If you find yourself or someone you’re with experiencing unexplained urticaria, chest pain, and having a hard time breathing, don’t take the time to try to figure out the cause, call 911 without delay.

 

Allergic Reaction Is A Possibility

 

Hives, chest pain, and other symptoms can be an allergic reaction to something just ingested or something that the skin has come in contact with. The hives will usually go away in fairly short order and can be relieved with an antihistamine like Benadryl. If you keep on having attacks of hives, or if they become chronic and are lasting longer than 6 weeks, allergies are not the likely culprit. Although not life threatening, there are few conditions more difficult to live with then hives. Chest pain and hives together can become unbearable for anyone and are probably caused by something other than an allergic reaction if they keep coming back.

 

Could Be A Viral/Bacteria Problem

 

Most people don’t know that viruses and infections are very often the cause of urticaria. Chest pain will accompany the hives condition in many cases. Tests can be done to verify it but one example of a bacteria that can cause hives is Helicobacter Pylori.

Helicobacter Pylori is a spiral shaped bacteria that was first found in the human stomach in the 1980’s. It has been connected to many gastrointestinal diseases like peptic ulcers, and has been shown to increase the risk of stomach cancer. It is associated with about 80% of all cases of gastric ulcers. The removal of this infection not only helps to heal the ulcers but also symptoms like hives, chest pain, stomach pain, and nausea. You can be tested for this infection and may be surprised that it is a cause of your urticaria. Chest pain and nausea will go away as well and treatment can be effective in 2 – 4 weeks.

Hives, chest pain, and many other symptoms are caused by infection. Don’t overlook this important possibility when trying to diagnose the cause of your hives. It is an immune system response after all, and the answer is usually found in dealing with the immune system for any long-term solution to a hives problem.


Hives and Pain

Hives pain is not normal and usually hives and pain is a sign that another condition is present. For example, hives with join pain is a sign of urticarial vasculitis. Hives and pain in the abdomen is a sign of angioedema. Hives and chest pain could be related to a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.  Read this article to learn more about hives and pain.

 

Hives and Joint Pain

 

Joint pain and hives accompanied by fever is a sign of another condition called urticarial vasculitis. This condition is much like urticaria (hives) in fact sometimes it is hard to tell the difference with the naked eye. Urticarial vasculitis is a condition in which the blood vessels in the skin are inflamed. These hives last much longer and the area stays red after the hives are gone. In rare occasions these hives have indicated lupus or cancer (Aafa.org, 2005). If you have hives joint pain, make sure and avoid medications that contain aspirin, because you can make the hives much worse.

 

Hives Stomach Pain

 

Hives and stomach pain is a sign of angioedema. Agioedema is similar to hives except when this reaction is triggered the capillaries dilate and leak fluid deeper into the skin. Swelling can occur in the lips and the larynx, or in the lining of the stomach, which causes the abdominal pain. Hives may also form on the outside of the body. If you have hives and abdominal pain, make sure and tell your doctor. Angioedema is a very serious condition, because it can cause sudden swelling of the larynx which can block the airways and create an emergency situation.

 

Hives Chest Pain

 

As was stated above, chest pain and hives is a sign of another very serious condition called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that happens quickly and involves the whole body. Any allergic reaction can trigger anaphylaxis, but the most common allergies are to drugs, food, or insect bites and stings.

Symptoms can develop within seconds or minutes. Symptoms of this condition are most commonly hives and swelling of the skin. Other symptoms include abnormal or high-pitched breathing sounds, abnormal pain or cramping, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, chest pains and much more.

Many people that have had an anaphylaxis attack have known of their allergy and have had an allergic reaction to the substance before. One of the scariest things about this condition is that some people aren’t even aware that they have an allergy before they experience a severe attack such as this. That means this first attack could be both unexpected and fatal.


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