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How Do You Get Rid Of Hives Quick
antihistamines: This is a complicated question. The simple answer or first step would be to start with an over-the-counter antihistamine like zyrtec or claritin (loratadine). If one a day is not completely effective and you are not too sleepy, increase it to twice a day (morning and night). If you are still having trouble go see your doctor at that point. ...Read more
Chronic hives: Ideally, finding the cause of the hives is your best bet. Most cases of hives will remit over time. However, 20% of cases will remain for more than 1 year and half of these will be gone within 10 years. Thankfully, most cases are amenable to treatment/ suppression with antihistamines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to do: The best prevention is to avoid the allergen that causes the hives, but it's not all that often that we can figure out what is causing them. Most cases of hives can be controlled by antihistamines such as zyrtec or allegra (fexofenadine). Your allergist will be able to help identify the allergen exposure that is causing the hives, and/or develop a treatment program that controls both the hives and their itching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hives treatment: If you have it for less than 6 weeks without any associated lung or gastrointestinal symptoms, and is not caused by food or drug allergies, it's usually benign. You can try any otc anti histamine. If it lasts more than 6 weeks, it becomes chronic hives, you would need to see a doctor to do some lab works. ...Read more
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