Which infectious diseases cause acute urticaria (hives)?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Henry K Wong, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Urticaria has been reported with infectious diseases. Viral infections associated with acute urticaria include acute viral syndromes, hepatitis (A, B, and C), Epstein-Barr virus, and herpes simplex virus. Streptococcal infection (see the photograph below) has been reported as the cause of 17% of acute urticaria cases in children. [12] Urticaria has also been reported with chronic parasitic infections. [13]

Urticaria associated with acute group A beta-hemol Urticaria associated with acute group A beta-hemolytic streptococci infection.

Although sinusitis, cutaneous fungal infections, Helicobacter pylori infection, or other occult infections have been reported in the literature to cause urticaria, the data are not strongly supported. [14, 15, 16, 17, 18]

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