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I've broke out in what looks like hives , my entire body is red , warm , and itchy. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not working is there anything else OTC that will work?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice
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In brief: Anti-Histamines

Hello. The best thing you can do is stop the exposure to what is causing the hives.
If you do not know this then you can ask for help from a trusted medical advisor. Epsom salts or oatmeal baths may help soothe the skin. There is also anti-itch lotions to try.

In brief: Anti-Histamines

Hello. The best thing you can do is stop the exposure to what is causing the hives.
If you do not know this then you can ask for help from a trusted medical advisor. Epsom salts or oatmeal baths may help soothe the skin. There is also anti-itch lotions to try.
Dr. Robert Killian
Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Antihistamines

Antihistamines are the main treatment choice for hives.
If the side effects of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are a problem or it is not effective, other otc antihistamines can be tried. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin are all approved for the treatment of hives. Finding and avoiding the trigger of the hives is important, but frequently elusive. If symptoms persist or worsen see an allergist or dermatologist.

In brief: Antihistamines

Antihistamines are the main treatment choice for hives.
If the side effects of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are a problem or it is not effective, other otc antihistamines can be tried. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin are all approved for the treatment of hives. Finding and avoiding the trigger of the hives is important, but frequently elusive. If symptoms persist or worsen see an allergist or dermatologist.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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