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What is the treatment for hives?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Antihistamines help
If the hives are mild and not associated with breathing difficulty, vomiting or rapidly swelling-- an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl (or generic "diphenhydramine") is the best choice to get rid of the hives.
An aveeno oatmeal bath may be soothing to itchy skin as well, as is hydrocortizone cream. If your child is having more severe symptoms, she should be seen.

In brief: Antihistamines help
If the hives are mild and not associated with breathing difficulty, vomiting or rapidly swelling-- an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl (or generic "diphenhydramine") is the best choice to get rid of the hives.
An aveeno oatmeal bath may be soothing to itchy skin as well, as is hydrocortizone cream. If your child is having more severe symptoms, she should be seen.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Keeping them cool helps. Being hot or taking hot baths or showers makes it look worse & itch more.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
3 doctors agree
In brief: Antihistamines
Antihistamines are the typical treatment.
Cetirizine (zyrtec (cetirizine) and generics) are typically the allergists choice. Cool compresses also help. Hives that are recurrent or do not respond to antihistamine should be evaluated by a physician. Allergists are often the called upon the help with the diagnosis and treatment of more chronic or recurrent hives (also called urticaria).

In brief: Antihistamines
Antihistamines are the typical treatment.
Cetirizine (zyrtec (cetirizine) and generics) are typically the allergists choice. Cool compresses also help. Hives that are recurrent or do not respond to antihistamine should be evaluated by a physician. Allergists are often the called upon the help with the diagnosis and treatment of more chronic or recurrent hives (also called urticaria).
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Oral anti-histamines
Hives are raised, itchy bumps caused by histamine, a chemical released during an allergic reaction.
Blocking histamine by taking an oral anti-histamine will help prevent new hives from forming, and help current hives fade away. For young toddlers, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) liquid is often used. For kids over 2 years, oral zyrtec or Claritin can also be used. Sometimes, Hydrocortisone 1% cream can decrease hives.

In brief: Oral anti-histamines
Hives are raised, itchy bumps caused by histamine, a chemical released during an allergic reaction.
Blocking histamine by taking an oral anti-histamine will help prevent new hives from forming, and help current hives fade away. For young toddlers, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) liquid is often used. For kids over 2 years, oral zyrtec or Claritin can also be used. Sometimes, Hydrocortisone 1% cream can decrease hives.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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