Can you catch hives(urticaria) from another person?
To cut a long story short, hives are not contagious.
If you’re afraid of catching hives from a relative or you’re the one who has urticaria (the medical term for hives or nettle-rash), then you should feel comfortable.
The problem with hives isn’t a matter if whether they’re contagious or not. Many people suffer from seasonal flu, which is contagious, yet it’s socially tolerated.
Hives, on the other hand, are painfully itchy, embarrassing and uncomfortable. And the scariest thing about them is that you can get them for “figuratively” forever.
Also, if you’re a lady who gets hives during pregnancy, your baby will be just fine. In fact, he might be the one causing you the welts, and if that is the case, you’ll be hives-free after delivering.
There is only one bizarre study that claims that hives can be actually sexually transmitted. You can get herpes, hepatitis B and germ infections during unprotected intercourse. I have no comment on that until we get solid proof of such thing.
You should defer between hives (Urticaria) and angioedema, though.
Technically they’re the same. Hives is an outbreak of raised, itchy, sometimes reddened patches of skin and bumps.
Angioedema is the huge welts on your face or lips, and the swelling is located deeper in your skin compared to hives.
What can I do to get rid of hives?
Well, in some cases, they go away on their own. We call that type acute urticaria. However, if you suffer from hives for a long period, then you might be developing a chronic type, which lasts for more than six weeks.
You can get hives because of an allergen (trigger), or they might be the cause of germ infections, insect bites, overactive autoimmune system or for unknown reasons. Doctors refer to urticaria due to unknown reasons as chronic idiopathic urticaria, and this type is the hardest to treat.
For the acute (easy) type, you can use natural remedies to treat urticaria. Consulting a dermatologist will cost you $90 per visit, and he will give you the typical antihistamines and steroids (OTC drugs). So, why not first try simple solutions that can give you the same results?
Depending on your situation, you should seek the right treatment. You can be allergic to certain foods, allergic to heat, cold, pressure or it can be something else.
In some cases, it only takes a warm or cold bath to cure hives or going on vacation because you might be just suffering from stress-induced hives or exercise-induced urticaria.
The book, Urticaria No More, reveals the most effective natural remedies. You’ll also discover the right tests you should ask your doctor in order to deal with chronic hives and angioedema. If you’ve suffered from urticaria/angioedema for years, I’m pretty sure you’ll find this eBook very useful. It also explains how your doctor can be misguided by the typical best practices they get from medical boards and institutions.
But first, you should try simple solutions, and I sincerely hope it is not a big deal.