Not Just “Itchy Skin”: Mental Health, Sleep, and the Cost of Chronic Hives
Last updated: July 2022
In our 1st Annual Chronic Hives In America Survey, 201 people shared how the unpredictability of outbreaks leaves them feeling “stuck in limbo.” Chronic hives are more than just itchy bumps on your skin. They disrupt sleep, are expensive to manage and treat, and have a significant impact on mental and emotional health.
Chronic hives were defined within the survey as an outbreak of hives, anywhere on the body, that last for more than 6 weeks, often without any identifiable cause.
Stuck in limbo
Chronic hives are unpredictable, making it challenging to know or plan for when they will go away – and nearly half of people with the condition never enter remission. This uncertainty leaves many people with chronic hives feeling like their overall health is out of their hands.
Treatment affordability is key
Affordability of chronic hives treatment is extremely important to those impacted by the condition. However, more than a quarter of respondents say they are unable to afford the cost of treatment. This can lead to financial burden for both people living with the condition and their families. It may also force some people to forgo treatment for their chronic hives if they cannot afford it.
More than half of our respondents say chronic hives significantly impact their ability to sleep and feel rested the next day. Sleep is important for overall health and wellness, and should not come at the cost of staying up at night scratching itchy hives.
The 1st Chronic Hives In America Survey was conducted online from January 2022 through March 2022. The survey was completed by 201 people.
How well do you feel you manage your chronic hives?