Urticaria, or hives, is a frequent symptom experienced by people with allergies to various foods or medication and viral diseases. It is also one of the most common skin conditions seen by allergists. It is so complex because of the number of different causes, making it difficult to pinpoint the root of the problem. Typically, hives are not life-threatening, but the condition is unpleasant and the symptoms, such as itchy, red welts, uncomfortable. Hives, however, can be the underlying symptom of more serious autoimmune illnesses and conditions.
Occasionally, hives may be associated with certain types of cancer. It is important to note there are many causes of hives and it has been suggested the condition could be connected to gastrointestinal and lung cancer, as well as, lymphoma. Tests are undertaken on anyone displaying signs of cancer precursors, like weight loss, pain, and lymphadenopathy together with a hives outbreak. Hives are such a widespread condition, but because the link with cancer has been made, doctors should investigate a patient’s history.