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How do medications treat urticaria?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
In many cases, urticaria, or hives, develops when the body has an allergic reaction to something, such as a food, bug bite, or medication. Medications like antihistamines and corticosteroids help to counteract this reaction in order to ease symptoms. If an infection or other condition is the cause, doctors will need to treat this condition to relieve the urticaria. Chronic hives may be treated with doxepin, an antidepressant that also works as an antihistamine.

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