How do you get rid of hives?

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.

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How do you get rid of hives on your back?

Out damn spots! If the eruption is hives and no cause is obvious oral antihistamines are first line therapy. If not adequate see your primary care physician or board certified allergist for further evaluation and care. Read more...

I get hives 2-3 times a year for unknown reasons. How do you get rid of hives permanently?

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 more...
Hives are incurable. There is no treatment that will cure hives so they will not recur. In 90% of cases an md who has expertise in treating hives can control hives so they do not occur while on medication but if the medication is stopped the hives will recur. Most people who have recurring hives for over 6 weeks do not have an identifiable cause for their hives. Read more...

How do you prevent/get rid of hives?

Depends on the Cause. If the hives are caused by an allergy, staying away from the source of the allergy is the best way to prevent them. Over the counter antihistamines (like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) allegra, zyrtec or claritin) can sometimes help with swelling and itching, as well. Occasionally, topical steroid creams, like hydrocortisone, can help spots that remain itchy or inflamed. Read more...
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 more...