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What are the treatment options for hives?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Over-the-counter antihistamines are the main treatment for hives. If you experience mild symptoms, you may not need any treatment. However, if your symptoms are severe or reoccurring, you may need a prescription medication such as corticosteroids. Talk to your doctor to determine the best treatment option for you.

Antihistamines and sometimes oral steroids are prescribed to treat hives. In the case of a severe attack of hives, an emergency adrenaline (epinephrine) injection and a trip to the emergency room may be necessary.

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