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Best Topical Treatment For Hives
Ice, OTC meds: If your hives are related to self-limited and benign causes intermittently (like bug bites), try over-the-counter topical medications that contain ingredients like menthol, phenol, or pramoxine for temporary relief of itching and discomfort. Ice and cold compresses can also help. However, if your hives are recurrent or severe and cause is unclear, consider seeing an allergist or dermatologist
Hives: If you are looking for a medicine to start while waiting to follow up with an allergist or dermatologist, I prefer zyrtec 10 mg at night otherwise known as cetirizine. Bjs and costco have good pricing. If they lead to swelling or facial/throat symptoms, you should see your physician immediately.See 1 more doctor answer
Antihistamines: Hives are often made worse or appear primarily in association with stress or stressful events/ situations. Hives can be controlled or prevented with the use of long-acting antihistamines such as zyrtec or allegra (fexofenadine). Unfortunately, you must take them in advance, so that probably means daily.See 1 more doctor answer
Breaking out in hives for about 3 weeks now. On feet, hands, legs, back arms. About 40 hives total in 3 weeks. Should I worry? What's best treatment?
Hives are common: And usually no cause can be found, at times follows a viral infection, if stays longer than 6 weeks, progress more, or you develop lip/lid swelling with difficulty breathing you want to see your doctor, who may may refer you to a specialist. Meanwhile, you can use OTC antihistamines as loratadine, cetirizine or fexofenadine, once daily regularly for a week or 2, if no improvement, c ur MD
Stay warm: Move to a warmer climate. Don't take cold showers or baths. Never swim in cold swimming pools or in cold ocean water. Dress warmly including gloves and scarves in cold weather even if you're going outside for just a minute or two to take out the trash. Prophylactic antihistamines - that means taking it everyday may help. There is no cure for physical urticarias like cold urticaria.See 1 more doctor answer
What r symptoms & best treatment of mast cell disease? I get constant hive reactions to every med I try, freq rashes, wondering if mast is my issue.
See allergist: First you need a blood test to confirm whether you have a mast cell disorder to start with. If the blood test is positive, then one will have to work up the cause for the mast cell disorder. The usual treatment in high doses of antihistamine but you really need to find out whether your problem is from a mast cell issue or something else. A b/c allergist should be the one you consult.
I am busy with my large family and don't have time for taking a child to doctors for something like hives. Who do we see for one-stop treatment?
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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has hives, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?
Hives: Usually just uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly. Most times hives will burn out, never to return. Sometimes they fester or will come & go intermittently. Antihistamines are best for suppression. Long term side effects from hives are not something to worry about. If you are worried, definitely see an allergist to test for what might be the causative factor to get it treated.
I gotten hives again. They haven't happened for few months. I've had Flucloxacillin recently. Although hives started at end of medicine treatment?
Hives: Most probably not related to the antibiotic, however note that you had a reaction towards the end of treatment next time a doctor prescribes an antibiotic of the same kind, you want to take the first dose in the doctor's office or in hospital waiting area, wait for an hour, if no reaction, continue, as for the hives, just take an antihistaminic for now, if no improvement see an allergist or dermato
Antihistamines help: If the hives are mild and not associated with breathing difficulty, vomiting or rapidly swelling-- an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl (or generic "diphenhydramine") is the best choice to get rid of the hives. An aveeno oatmeal bath may be soothing to itchy skin as well, as is hydrocortizone cream. If your child is having more severe symptoms, she should be seen.See 2 more doctor answers
See Allergist: There are a number of treatment options for severe, refractory hives. First line is high dose non-sedating antihistamines like Zyrtec followed by H2 blockers like Zantac (ranitidine). Montelukast can also be used as well as sedating antihistamines like hydroxyzine or doxepin. If these therapies fail there are more aggressive treatments like omalizumab, anti-inflammatories, and immunosuppressants. See Allergist
Many reasons: There are many reasons people can have hives. However in chronic hives we often never know for sure what is triggering it. Antihistamines often help the symptoms but sometimes high doses are needed. Patients with chronic hives not responding to treatment should see an allergist for evaluation.
Acute hives: Please call 911 if you have any problems breathing, nausea, or vomiting since those indicate a more severe illness that require immediate medical attention. If you don't have any of those, why don't you try taking otc zyrtec (cetirizine) once to twice a day and make an appointment to see a doctor.
Stay cool.: If you have cholinergic urticariia you get tiny hives that grow & merge when skin temperature increases. This occurs with hot showers, hot weather, exercise & fever. Cooler showers, air conditioning, & tylenol (acetaminophen) for fevers will help. All antihistamines are useful but the best is thought to be periactin (cyproheptidine). In difficult cases I add Neurontin (gabapentin). Be prepared to be drowsy.See 1 more doctor answer
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