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Hives Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Have you had a recent illness or infection?
  • Have you started new medicines, supplements or foods?
  • Have you started using any new personal or household products, such as shampoos, lotions, wipes or detergents?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Have you tried over-the-counter medicines? How well did they work?
  • Are your hives interfering with sleep or your daily activities?
  • When did the hives begin? How severe is the itching, if any?
  • Are the hives all over your body or only in certain places? Do your hives also have painful swelling?
  • Do you have any other symptoms, such as throat tightness or breathing problems?
  • Have the hives been constant or do they come and go?
  • What seems to make your hives better or worse?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your hives medicine?
  • Do you feel that your current hives treatment plan is effective?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my hives?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to them?
  • How do you diagnose the cause of hives?
  • What does it mean if you can't find a cause?
  • What should I do if my symptoms do not improve or get worse?
  • How often is there no clear cause of hives?
  • What is the best treatment for my hives?
  • What are my options if the treatment you are recommending doesn't help?
  • How long can hives last?
  • What strategies can I use to soothe my skin?
  • How should I care for my skin? Are there products I should use or avoid?
  • Are there symptoms that should alert me to call you or seek medical care?
  • Could another medication do a better job of controlling my hives?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my hives?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my hives?
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Last Review Date: 2019 Jan 23
  1. Chronic Hives. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-hives/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352723
  2. Hives. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/itchy-skin/hives
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