My hives (urticaria) are worse at night
Many people with urticaria are more bothered by their hives in the evening.1 There are a few reasons why this is the case:
- Hormones in your body such as cortisol that help to control inflammation and itch are more abundant in the morning than in the afternoon and can be almost completely gone in the evening.2
- Higher body temperature and stress levels may affect itch.3
The itchiness can make it hard to sleep, which directly impacts on quality of life.1 A lack of sleep can affect mood, cognitive function and productivity at work or school.3
It can also be difficult for a doctor to fully assess the hives if they aren’t as severe in the morning. There are simple ways to track your hives over the entire day so that a complete picture can be shared with your doctor.
Assess the impact that hives is having on your life and take the results to your doctorSYMPTOM CHECKER
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- Maurer M et al. Br J Dermatol 2009; 160:633-641.
- Debono M et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2009; 94:1548-1554.
- Lavery MJ et al. Int J Mol Sci 2016; 17:425-436.