Hi, I wondered if you started new medicine? Usually, hives are associated with a reaction to either medication or household products; soap etc. You should report hives to your Dr immediately. If you should become short of breath or feel like your throat is swelling that is a medical emergency. Hives are the bodies way of telling you it is reacting to something. Also hives can be brought on in some cases from an emotional issue. Since it is near xmas have you been near a pine tree? Because hives can be from an environmental source it could be from something like that. I know itching is associated with some cases of hep and liver disease but I am not familiar with cases of hives. Anyway, stop and figure out if you have started and new meds or new products, new plants in the house, etc.