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What do I need to know about caring for someone with hives?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many cases of hives are not long-lasting and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. While waiting for the condition to ease, apply cool compresses or cool baths. You should consult your physician for detailed care instructions.
Helping your loved one manage their hives involves a couple of steps. First of all, be aware of what causes their hives and try to avoid these things as much as possible. If hives do develop, treat symptoms using an anti-histamine or alternative treatment such as cool cloths or baths. Hives should be evaluated medically if they are accompanied by other signs of allergic reaction or illness (like difficulty breathing, vomiting, pain, fever, or unexplained weight loss), are severe, or don't get better in a few days. Talk to their doctor about other treatment options.

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