Fibromyalgia seems to come with an almost unending list of additional side effects. From chronic itching to frequent urination, it seems like the fresh miseries of fibromyalgia never end. And in case you were looking for a new side effect to add to your list, how about urticaria.
Urticaria, commonly called hives, is a skin condition that seems to affect people with fibromyalgia frequently. There are a number of different reasons that fibromyalgia might lead to hives. But to understand why, it’s helpful to ask what exactly causes hives? ? How is it related to fibromyalgia? And what can you do to treat it?
What Causes Urticaria?
Urticaria is a skin condition that causes a vascular reaction leading to smooth swollen plaques in the skin. The swelling is usually red and itchy, which can make the condition maddening to deal with. There are a lot of different things that can cause hives, and nailing down the cause of a single episode of hives can be difficult.
Usually, hives are a symptom of an allergic reaction. These can be seasonal allergies, food allergies, or even allergies to certain medications. These things trigger a response in the bodies of certain people where their cells begin to release a hormone called histamines. These histamines cause your small blood cells to release a clear fluid called plasma that builds up under the skin, causing hives.
There are two different kinds of hives: acute and chronic.
The type of hives caused by allergies falls into the acute category, which describes sudden attacks of hives in response to specific stimuli. But in certain cases, attacks of hives can last up to six weeks, at which point the condition enters the chronic stage. Chronic urticaria is almost never the result of allergies, but rather certain medical conditions like hyperthyroidism.
And this is by far the most common type of hives for people with fibromyalgia.