Hives tend to be an allergic reaction to food or cleansing products. Most people experience hives at least once in their lives.
But, what if those hives don’t go away?
Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is a chronic form of hives. It takes about six weeks to get a CIU diagnosis, because doctors try to treat it as an allergic reaction first. You try to find triggers right away.
An allergist who is experienced with CIU should be able to help. Take photos of your rash and keep a diary of your condition so you can present the information to your doctor. This can help work out the best treatment option for you.
Listen as celebrity Vicky Lawrence joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share her story of being diagnosed with CIU.