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. The reason 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, are uncomfortable. However, hives can also be the underlying symptom of more severe autoimmune illnesses and conditions.
Occasionally, hives can be an indicator of certain types of cancer. It is important to note there are many causes of hives and it has been suggested that the condition could be connected to gastrointestinal issues and lung cancer, as well as lymphoma. Tests are performed on anyone displaying signs of cancer precursors such as weight loss, pain, and lymphadenopathy coupled 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.