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What are hives really? How does the body make them go away or shrink away?

What are hives really? How does the body make them go away or shrink away?

Hives: More rarely they can be a part of hereditary respose involving the complement system and do not itch generally in that case. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Broke out into hives, maybe 40 over body. Its been 2 days. Should I be worried and see a Dr? Or just take OTC allergy meds and it should go away?

Broke out into hives, maybe 40 over body. Its been 2 days. Should I be worried and see a Dr? Or just take OTC allergy meds and it should go away?

Depends on trigger: Urticaria (hives) is common, affecting up to 20% of the population. Acute hives is defined as periodic outbreaks of red, raised itchy lesions that resolve within 6 weeks. Common viral and bacterial infections can trigger an outbreak, however medications, foods, and insect stings can also cause acute hives but have the potential to lead to more serious complications. ...Read more

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I'm 7 weeks pregnant and suddenly developed horrible hives all over my arms and legs.. Do they go away after my body is use to the hormone change?

I'm 7 weeks pregnant and suddenly developed horrible hives all over my arms and legs.. Do they go away after my body is use to the hormone change?

Possibly: Pregnancy can cause all sorts of hormonal and other changes. Cetirizine and Loratadine are pregnancy class b, so these can be safely used during the pregnancy if the hives do not resolve on their own within a short period of time. Your OB and allergist can work together to help in this circumstance. ...Read more

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Are hives in children dangerous if they are occurring on the face for long periods of time and the zyrtec (cetirizine) does not make them go away?

Are hives in children dangerous if they are occurring on the face for long periods of time and the zyrtec (cetirizine) does not make them go away?

Probably not!: You have to have the child seen by an allergist to see if something is triggering hives. Sometimes there is no good explantation for the hives but if zyrtec (cetirizine) is not helping it needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How can I make swelling from hives go away really fast?

How can I make swelling from hives go away really fast?

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 to resolve hives quickly. If you have persistent hive reactions consider being seen by an Allergist for further treatment and evaluation. There are many triggers of hives so determining right trigger is important moving forward. ...Read more

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How do I make my baby hives go away?

How do I make my baby hives go away?

Hives: Hives are often transient in children. Most often I have personally found that it is usually due to one of three things: (1) post-viral infection; (2) antibiotics; (3) new food. Otc antihistamines will help. ...Read more

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What could I do to make hives go away?

Hives: Chronic hives are a plague and can be a nuisance to control, consult an allergist to help you keep them at bay. ...Read more

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What can be done to make hives go away?

Antihistamine, other: If someone's hives are caused by allergies, seeing an allergist for tests, and avoiding the allergen is the way to go. If someone's hives r of "no obvious causes" type, antihistamines r safe and effective ways to alleviate symptoms. U can start w zyrtec or allegra (fexofenadine). The treatment should be directed by an allergist or ur family doctor. ...Read more

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In what way can I make my hives go away fast?

In what way can I make my hives go away fast?

Antihistamines...: ... Generally treat the hives and the itchiness the best, but the best way to handle this is to find out what's causing the hives so you don't get them in the first place, and get an optimal treatment regimen if you simply cannot prevent them. See an allergist. ...Read more