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A 40-year-old female asked:

will be on daily cortef (hydrocortisone) at moderate dose, am curious if in addition to helping the problem i'm using it for if it'll also help hives, alrgc reactions?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Steroids: Steroids can help with hives of course but antihistamines are safer to use long term to treat them.

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