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How should i control hives?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Find trigger first: If a trigger for the hives is found, this should be avoided. If no obvious trigger, antihistamines such as claritin, (loratadine) allegra, zyrtec are indicated for treatment of hives. An allergist can assist in finding the trigger and developing a treatment plan for the hives. Sometimes different doses of antihistamines are used or combinations with other medications are used to obtain control.

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