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Tell me how can i get rid of hives?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Antihistamine: Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Avoid what's causing the hives. See doctor or allergist if not responding to this.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

How do you prevent/get rid of hives?

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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Depends on the Cause: If the hives are caused by an allergy, staying away from the source of the allergy is the best way to prevent them. Over the counter antihistamines (like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) allegra, zyrtec or claritin) can sometimes help with swelling and itching, as well. Occasionally, topical steroid creams, like hydrocortisone, can help spots that remain itchy or inflamed.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to get rid of chronic hives!!!?

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Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
No,: but an Allergist can help. In fact, there is a new treatment known as Xolair that was recently approved for hives and is doing wonders for difficult-to-treat patients in our practice. This is just one of many potential strategies. With hives, treatment often must be highly individualized: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/skin-allergy.aspx
A 35-year-old member asked:

What will get rid of hives?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Hives: First, you need to find out if they are truly hives. Second, hives have many many many causes and you might want to find out what is causing them. A quick fix i recommend is to start with an over the counter non-sedating antihistamine (cetirizine) once to twice daily. Topical anti-itch cream can help. But seeing an allergist might really be the best option with a lot more ideas.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What method is there to get rid of hives?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Several: The most common first line treatment is oral antihistamines such as claritin, Allegra and zyrtec. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help, but lead to drowsiness. Under physician direction, some times doses may be increased more than the usual dose. Other treatments that have been used (but no approved by fda) are h2 blockers, leukotriene modifers, cyclosporin, dapsone, xolair. Key point: avoid steroids!
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of my hives fast?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Cetirizine (Zyrtec): Cetirizine (generic zyrtec), 2nd generation, minimally sedating type 1 antihistamine, one 10 mg tab at bedtime is most likely to be effective. If the hives persist add ranitidine (generic zantac), a type 2 antihistamine, 150 mg twice a day should be tried as 20% of skin histamine receptors are type 2 receptors, so blocking type 1 & 2 receptors increases effectiveness. If hves continue see an md.

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