What is the treatment strategy for chronic hives?

Antihistamines. Antihistamines are the preferred treatment for chronic hives, although there are other treatment possibilities if your hives are resistant to these medications. Other treatments include steroids (prednisone) and cyclosporine.

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Starting Xolair tomorrow for chronic hives, given once a month, how long does this treatment usually last?

Rule of thumb. If you respond, you should get better in less than 2 months. There is no certain rule as to when to stop but 6 months would be what most would do once one has responded. I would stop the treatment if no response after 3 months. Read more...
Possibly a year or 2. Chronic hives can stop on their own any time. The fact that you live in NC and have IBS symptoms, makes it important that a Alpha gal and total IgE level be done before starting the Xoliar since Alpha gal meat allergy can present with IBS symptoms and with additional itchy tick bites progress to hives. Symptoms happen 4-6 hours after eating any beef or pork products, make it difficult to associate. Read more...

Chronic hives treatment?

Many options. First try to identify the trigger. Some patients are sensitive to nsaids like ibuprofen. Stress, heat and hormones may aggravate symptoms. See an allergist to help determine if it is chronic autoimmune urticaria, idiopathic or a physical urticaria. Newer antihistamines are generally preferred over old sedating antihistamines. Your allergist can find the right combination and avoid prednisone. Read more...

What are the causes and treatment of chronic hives?

Causes rarely known. We rarely find the cause for hives that last longer than 4 weeks. Individual hives last less than 24 hours and don't leave any scars are usually benign (not due to some bad disease), even if they are very itchy and make you miserable. Initial treatment is with high doses of antihistamines. If unsuccessful, there are protocols as to how to proceed. See a board-certified allergist/immunologist. Read more...

What is best treatment for chronic idiopathic urticaria?

Xolair. Xolair , a synthesized monoclonal antibody against IgE, is likely the most effective treatment today when high-dose antihistamine failed. It may work within a few weeks. Read more...