Urticaria (hives)

Condition Description

Urticaria (also called hives) is an itchy rash with blanching and swelling of superficial layer of the skin. This is often intermittent, appearing and disappearing over time. Cases lasting more than six weeks are considered chronic and can have multiple causes. If swelling involves a deeper layer of skin it is called Angioedema.

Common Symptoms

Intermittent, itchy rash with blanching and swelling of the skin

Underlying Causes

  • Inhalant allergies to dust, mold, pollen, or animal dander (dog, cat, etc.)
  • Hidden food allergies
  • Candidiasis or yeast overgrowth

Traditional Approach

  • Antihistamines like Zyrtec, Claritin, Clarinex, Allegra, Chlorpheniramine, Benadryl or Atarax
  • Oral steroids like Prednisone or Prednisolone
  • LTRAs (Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists) like Singulair or Accolate

Our Approach

  • Test and treat any inhalant allergies via desensitization
  • Test and treat any hidden food allergies
  • Test for Candidiasis and treat as necessary
  • Explore less common causes like parasites, infections, or autoimmune diseases like Lupus


Condition Treated:

Urticaria (hives)


Hives, Irritability, Severe Headaches


K. S.




For approximately 8 months before I came to Dr. Shahid, I was breaking out in hives daily.  I was very irritable and had severe headaches.  After coming to see the doctor and receiving treatments –FOOD  and mold injections, thyroid medicine, and iron and calcium — I have greatly improved.  In a little over 4 months, all of these symptoms have disappeared and I feel wonderful.  My family has also noticed that I am much more pleasant to be around.  As I look back at how I felt in April (written in September), I can hardly believe that I was that miserable.