What Causes Hives (Urticaria) And Angioedema?


Hives CausesI have been asked by several people what causes hives or urticaria and angioedema. I have written this post to answer this question as it affects so many people.

Hives (urticaria) are itchy, red areas with white, raised, central circles and they look like mosquito bites. They can come and go over a one or two week period with no apparent reason.

Angioedema is a variant of hives. It presents as a marked swelling of the deeper tissues. It can be painful but it isn’t itchy.

Hives are a symptom of an allergic-reaction to certain substances.

I have compiled some lists of what these substances could be which I have taken from, “Allergies and Your Family,” by Doris Rapp M.D

 Which foods can cause hives?

Allergies/intolerances/sensitivities to these foods can cause hives:

Most common:

  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Fresh Fruit (especially berries)
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Peas
  • Pork
  • Shellfish
  • Tomatoe Products

Foods that less commonly cause hives:

    • Alcohol and alcohol in medicines
    • Beans
    • Cheese
    • Citrus Fruits
    • Colouring (especially red or purple)
    • Corn
    • Gum
    • Licorice
    • Mayonnaise
    • Meat Sauces (soy)
    • Menthol
    • Mint
    • Mouldy Foods
    • Mustard
    • Pickles
    • Fizzy Drinks like cola
    • Preservatives (benzoic acid)
    • Saccharin
    • Seasonings
    • Spices
    • Vegetables (fresh)
    • Wheat

You can find out more about the difference between allergies, intolerances and sensitivities and what you can do to eliminate them yourself at The Allergy Kit website.


Which drugs can cause hives?

Most common:

      • Aspirin
      • Barbiturates
      • Codeine
      • Hormones as ACTH, oestrogens, insulin, pituitary extract
      • Thiouracils or desiccated thyroid
      • Penicillin
      • Sulfonamides

Drugs that less commonly cause hives are:

      • Antibiotics
      • Antihistamines
      • Atropine
      • Chloral Hydrate
      • Coal tar derivatives as acetanilide and antipyrine
      • Digitalis
      • Dyes (in sweets, canned fruits, juices, margarine, medicines, vegetables etc.)
      • Eye, ear and nose drops
      • Heparin
      • Horse Serum (antitoxins)
      • Iodides
      • Laxatives
      • Liver Extract
      • Mercurials
      • Phenacetin
      • Phenolphthalein (laxatives)
      • Tonics
      • Toothpaste
      • Tranquilizers
      • Vitamins


What infections can cause hives?

Bacterial – Tonsils, adenoids and teeth are the main areas. Ears, sinuses, bladder or urinary tract and lungs can also be involved. Convalescence from scarlet fever, anthrax, brucellosis, or pseudomonas infections can also be associated with hives.

Viral – Hives can be present with some viral infections or after the smallpox vaccine.

Fungal – In association with infections of the feet or body.

Spirochete – Especially after syphilis

Parasite – Any worm infestation or Loeffler’s disease. I would highly recommend, “The Cure For All Diseases” by Dr Hulda Clark to help you eliminate worm infestations. Click here to go to my ‘books’ page.

Protozoan – After malaria or Trichomonas infections. Again I would highly recommend Dr Hulda Clark’s book.

Other miscellaneous substances that casue hives

Look out for the normal allergens like dust, moulds, yeast, pets dander, hair and saliva, pollens, stinging insects.

Things that you use on your body like body creams, powders, cosmetics, hair dye, hair spray, mouthwash, nail polish, soaps, body washes and bubble bath, perfume.

Things that you inhale such as anything in aerosols, ammonia, castor beans, cooking odours like eggs and fish, flour, formaldehyde, insecticides, paint, sulphur dioxide, cigarette smoke.

Things that you come into contact with like silk, wool, feathers, clothing dyes, beetles, butterflies, moths, plants.

Systemic diseases like liver disease, leukemia, kidney disease, amyloidosis and infectious mononucleosis.

Other things that cause hives are emotional stress, chlorinated or softened water, insect bites and scabies, mercury tooth fillings pregnancy, premenses, dentures.

Read how you can test for allergies to the above lists so that you can identify what is causing your hives.

If you would like to learn how to eliminate the allergies, sensitivities or intolerances that may be causing your hives I highly recommend  The Allergy Kit . It is a DIY system that you can do at home and it comes with a 30 day 100% money guarantee.

Please share this post if you know of anyone who suffers from hives or angioedema.  Knowing what can cause hives is one of the first steps in your treatment for them. Remember we need to treat the cause of our symptoms!

Do you have any questions? Please ask in the comments box below. I answer all questions myself.

With love and light,

Cathy x

The Allergy Kit

Catherine Davies

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roxanne gilday - February 20, 2015

thank you so very much for your reply, I will take you up on your suggestions and will do the tapping and check out that website about allergies. I’ve got three girls myself and have never seen or known anyone who has experienced anything quite like this. Thanks again Cathy

roxanne gilday - February 20, 2015

Our 8yr old g/daughter had a rash on her stomach on2/5/15, then fever and rash spread so dr ordered amoxicillin for 10 days. She played in snow on2/18/15 for 1 or 2hrs then on 2/19/15 she woke up with swollen hands, wrists and feet,was admitted to hsp, symptoms getting worse, and sporadic, it keeps switching from one spot to another, now her one eye and lip is swollen and it doesn’t even look like her.shes taking attterix orally, zantac, tylenol, and benadryl, last nite she had fever 102. They say her wbc is high and they think it’s serum sickness, last nite she said her throat, chest and stomach hurt, we are all getting very scared, just seeing if you have any advice or suggestions.

    roxanne gilday - February 20, 2015

    Forgot to mention that my daughter had spoke to Dr on call and he said it sounds like scarlet fever and called in the amoxicillin


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