Hives is a skin rash characterized by pale red, itchy
wheals or bumps, usually caused by certain allergic reactions; however,
there are many non-allergic causes as well. Viral hives is
caused by a viral infection. Some viral infections, such as an acute
viral infection can cause acute hives. This type of viral
hives does not last more than a few hours. If the hives
rash persists for more than six weeks and appears more than twice a
week, it is chronic hives. Chronic hives usually have an idiopathic or
Some cases of hives also have an autoimmune cause; that is, they are
caused by the patient's own defense mechanism. There is a small number
of hives cases that are caused by other factors, which include
friction, pressure, temperature extremes, exercise, and sunlight.
Hepatitis has a close relationship to hives due to different viral
infections. Acute hives is frequently observed in the prodromic stage
of hepatitis A as well as hepatitis B and sometimes in hepatitis C as
well. Hives is considered one of the pre-icteric symptoms of
viral hepatitis and is related to immune-complex deposits. Therefore,
hives can also be associated with some other common disorders, such as
arthritis and headache. However, there are many patients with viral
hepatitis who do not show any signs of acute or any other form of
The case of chronic hives is different and quite confusing. There is no
convincing evidence in which the hepatitis virus causes chronic hives.
A recent controlled study revealed that there is no link between
chronic hives and hepatitis C. In the case of hepatitis B, not much
data is available, and there is still a need for additional research.
Systematic hepatitis virus investigations in patients suffering from
chronic hives are usually quite expensive. Hepatitis B or C can
occasionally induce hives vasculitis, but this is probably related more
to vasculitis than to true hives.
Viral Hives in Children
Up to 25% of children suffer from hives at some time
during their childhood. Among those who suffer from this skin problem,
80% develop hives in response to a viral infection. In children, the
human immunodeficiency virus, cold, mononucleosis, and hepatitis A, B,
and C can cause viral hives.
You can find many medicines and antihistamines to treat viral hives.
However, there are certain home remedies that reduce suffering, such as
applying ice or cold compresses. Applying aloe vera gel or vitamin E
oil on the affected area also reduces itching.
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