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Hives Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hives. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did the hives first appear?

    Why: to help determine if acute (minutes to weeks) or chronic (lasting more than 2 months).

  2. Are you certain that the rash is hives?

    Why: the three characteristic features of hives are transient erythema (redness of the skin), transient edema (swelling of the skin) and transient itch. Hives affects the superficial skin (dermis) and occurs anywhere on the body, especially the limbs and trunk; compared to angioedema which affects the deeper layers and also may occur anywhere but especially around the eyes, lips and neck.

  3. Where on the body are the hives?

    Why: may occur anywhere, but especially the limbs and trunk.

  4. Have you had hives previously?

    Why: Hives may be acute recurrent or chronic recurrent.

  5. Have you any idea what may have caused the hives?

    Why: possible causes include allergies (e.g. azo dyes; medications such as penicillin, aspirin and codeine; certain foods such as eggs, fish, cheese, shellfish, fish, nuts, strawberries; certain plants such as nettles), infection (parasites, bacteria, yeasts). systemic lupus erythematosus, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, hepatitis B, pregnancy (last trimester), related to physical stimuli such as heat, cold, sunlight, pressure or sweating. Note:- 80% of cases have unknown causes.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. asthma, eczema or hay fever - suggests allergic tendencies.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications , captopril, penicillin.

  8. Known allergies?
  9. Family history?

    Why: e.g. allergies.

  10. Itch?

    Why: is always present with hives.

  11. Symptoms of angioedema?

    Why: e.g. stridor, wheeze, hoarseness of the voice, shortness of breath, swelling of the face.

  12. Symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus?

    Why: e.g. peak onset age 20-40, 90% are women, fever, tiredness, butterfly-shaped red rash over face, multiple drug allergies, Raynaud's phenomenon.

  13. Symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

    Why: e.g. painless enlargement of lymph nodes (localized or widespread), sweating, itch.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hives:

The following list of conditions have 'Hives' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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