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Is there a natural way to treat hives?

Is there a natural way to treat hives?

Oral antihistamines: Hives are a result of excessive histamine release. They can be induced by specific allergic reaction, avoiding the causative agent is key to relieving symptoms. However, majority of cases do not have specific triggers. We suppress symptoms with oral antihistamines such as zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) and allegra, etc... It is also important to avoid Aspirin and Ibuprofen products which worsens hives. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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What is the quickest way to treat hives?

What is the quickest way to treat hives?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Take 50 mg (two tabs) every 6 hours. Also, take tagamet or another h2 blocker (yes, for the stomach) like Zantac or pepcid. Claritin or another antihistamine will also work in conjunction with benadryl (diphenhydramine). The best addition is prednisone, but this requires a prescription. Your hives should clear in 5 days or so. If they last longer, check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my hives?

What can I do to treat my hives?

Hive treatment: Hives (urticaria) are common affecting up to 25% of the population. Hives are not dangerous, but very uncomfortable. The majority of people respond well to antihistamines such as zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) allegra, etc. It's best to avoid Prednisone (steroids). An allergist can assist if symptoms are not improving. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my hives quickly?

Hives: Antihistamines such as otc Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help. Topicals are typically ineffective. Treat hives by looking for the possible underlying cause. See an allergist if your pcp can't provide answers. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat appearance of hives asap?

Antihistamines: 1st generation antihistamines will work the fastest, such as benadryl (diphenhydramine). For longer lasting effect, taking a daily 2nd generation antihistamine such as zyrtec, claritin, or allergra will be helpful. If they persist, seeing an allergist would be helpful for prescription medications and work up. ...Read more

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I have hives for 6 months long, what should I do to treat?

I have hives for 6 months long, what should I do to treat?

See an allergist: The treatment for chronic hives (hives lasting longer than 6 weeks) is antihistamines and now Xolair (approved this spring). Xolair is a biological antibody injection now approved for treating chronic hives. Your allergist can provide more details including risks and benefits. Although it is expensive, there are patient assistance programs that can help. It is definitely worth checking into. ...Read more

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I have hives when touching cold, what should I do to treat?

I have hives when touching cold, what should I do to treat?

Cold urticaria: I would encourage you to see an allergist to assess this further. ...Read more

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I have hives appearing mysteriously, what should I do to treat?

I have hives appearing mysteriously, what should I do to treat?

Antihistamines: Allergy medications, typically antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin and Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) can be very helpful for hives. They can be used to treat hives that exist, but in other ways they can be used to prevent hives from appearing. I typically recommend Zyrtec 10mg taken twice daily to help suppress hives. This is slightly higher than usual dosing, but can be very effective. Take care. ...Read more

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I have hives after touching a mushroom, what should I do to treat?

I have hives after touching a mushroom, what should I do to treat?

Antihistamines: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for persistent hives while sedating antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful for acute hives. If you have persistent reactions to mushrooms consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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I have hives after shower or pool. Anyone know what is up, what should I do to treat?

I have hives after shower or pool. Anyone know what is up, what should I do to treat?

Aquagenic Urticaria: A rare form of urticaria, rather a form of physical urticaria, second generation antihistaminics would help, avoid swimming / water parks for now, till you see an allergist for confirmation and continued therapy. ...Read more