Urticaria, or hives, is a skin disorder defined by a raised red rash. It can result from an allergic reaction or chronically as a result of immune system related inflammation. Many patients with chronic urticaria have autoimmune thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The exact inflammation chemicals and antibodies that cause the skin condition are unclear. Metabolic syndrome is another condition characterized by inflammation. The main features of metabolic syndrome are obesity, glucose intolerance, and high blood pressure. Research on a Korean population concluded that 30% of people who suffer from chronic urticaria also have metabolic syndrome. This is a strange association, but the reason is that obesity can disturb immune system function. Immune system dysfunction that occurs in obesity could theoretically increase the risk of chronic urticaria and other inflammatory skin conditions. Now we should be aware that chronic low-grade inflammation affecting people with metabolic syndrome can promote chronic hives. It is important to get your weight under control so that inflammation-related conditions resolve. Following a healthy diet like the ThyroLife Protein Boost Diet and taking well-balanced antioxidant supplements will help you manage both metabolic syndrome and chronic hives.