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Anyone have any advice for me on hives? Scratch or not?
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Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Avoid scratching
Scratching may intensify the itching and increase the size of the hives.
Take a long acting antihistamine such as Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec to help decrease the hives and itching. See an allergist if they are persistent or recurrent.

In brief: Avoid scratching
Scratching may intensify the itching and increase the size of the hives.
Take a long acting antihistamine such as Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec to help decrease the hives and itching. See an allergist if they are persistent or recurrent.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Don't scratch
Scratching hives makes them worse.
Cool showers will ease the itch. Taking over the counter Cetirizine (generic of zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tab, at bedtime, every day, will control hives in the majority of cases. If the Cetirizine doesn't control the hives then you should consult an allergist.

In brief: Don't scratch
Scratching hives makes them worse.
Cool showers will ease the itch. Taking over the counter Cetirizine (generic of zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tab, at bedtime, every day, will control hives in the majority of cases. If the Cetirizine doesn't control the hives then you should consult an allergist.
Dr. Martin Ostro
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