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What topical medications can help treat hives?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Hives are red, itchy, raised areas of the skin that can range in size and appear anywhere on your body. Most are caused by food or drug allergies and usually go away within a few days.  Topical medications to treat hives include creams and lotions. Products that contain menthol or pramoxine help to relieve itching. In general, mild cases of hives go away without treatment. Avoiding or eliminating their cause usually resolves the condition. If the hives are caused by a food or drug, it may take a while to get the trigger out of the body. If hives are caused by an illness, treating the illness helps to relieve the hives. For severe cases of hives, doctors may prescribe an oral corticosteroid drug such as prednisone to relieve the swelling, itching and redness. Consult a dermatologist or allergist for more information.

 

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