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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Cold urticaria: I would encourage you to see an allergist to assess this further. ...Read more
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
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
PREVENTING HIVES: Hives -- urticaria -- is a common disorder. It's a symptom of some allergy going on in the body. Hives appear on the skin in the form of itching, stinging, & burning wheals (welts), like big mosquito bites. Common causes are medications like Aspirin & penicillin. Some foods can also responsible. To prevent hives stop whatever you think. You had taken or done just before the hives started. ...Read more
Contact Dermatitis: There are two forms of contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis occurs at the site of application of toxic chemical or substance which is directly noxious to skin. The second, allergic contact dermatitis, is an itchy rash that occurs only in people who have developed an allergic sensitivity to that particular chemical or substance. Treatment is avoidance or strong topical steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a dermatologist: Maybe it is stress. Maybe you react to Aspirin or other med taken at times of stress. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a poor antihistamine and acts for only a few hours. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is used as a sleeping pill: you must not drive after taking it. Much better for hives are zyrtec, claratin, Allegra (get the generic) which are more effective ; safer. Homeopathy ; acupressure are strictly placebos. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: If you had hives that come and go, last less than 24 hours and don't leave marks unless you scratch, then you can take antihistamines such as cetirizine or fexofenadine. I you haves have been in the same place for 5 months, don't itch or leave scars when they go away, or don't respond to reasonable doses of antihistamines, see a physician if you haven't yet. ...Read more
Hives: Hives on your face and neck only are possibly related to a topical exposure to an allergen. Think, fragrances, make-up, lotions, sunscreens. Some times allergic reactions require the sun as a triggering reaction (photosensitive or phototoxic reactions to medications). See an allergist for this problem if your pcp has no answers. ...Read more
Antihistamines: H1 antihistamines like Zyrtec, Xyzal, (levocetirizine) Claratin are all category B in pregnancy and so assumed to be safe. Also H2 antihistamines like Zantac are Category B as well and we frequently use this combination to treat hives. You should be ok with a regimen like this, but I would see an allergy specialist to help you choose the safest combination of medications. ...Read more
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