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How are hives treated?

Hives, also called urticaria, are an allergic reaction. 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.
To help treat hives:
  • Put cool, wet towels on the hives.
  • Use an antihistamine medicine. You can buy this at the store. Benadryl is a common brand but can make you sleepy. For daytime use, look for an antihistamine that says "nonsedating."
Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
A simple over-the-counter medicine can safely and effective treat hives, says dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. Find out how best to use it by watching this video.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Hives are typically treated with antihistamines. If the condition is mild, over-the-counter antihistamines will likely be enough to correct the problem. If the condition worsens or is severe, prescription antihistamines may be prescribed by a physician.

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