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How to Treat Chronic Hives

When hives do not go away quickly, the first step in treatment is to consult an allergist.

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If you have chronic hives, you know how frustrating they can be. They're itchy. Sometimes, they burn and sting.
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Sometimes, they're small. Sometimes, they're not. And ugh, it feels like they can just lasts forever. Luckily, there are doctors who specialize in treating issues
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like chronic hives. They're called allergies, like me. And if you have chronic hives, you should see one.
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[UPBEAT MUSIC] Your allergist will evaluate your hives. Asking you questions about your family's history.
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Whether or not you're exposed to certain substances at work or at home. The foods you eat. Whether or not you've been around animals.
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And any medications you take. In order to figure out what exactly is causing the hives. Of course, they'll ask you more than that,
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but you get the idea. They need to do some investigation in order to get to the bottom of your condition.
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GAREN WOLFF: Sometimes, the answer is simple. You eat a food you're allergic to, and you break out in hives. TANIA ELLIOTT: But in cases of chronic hives,
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the answer is not always clear cut. In fact, in many cases of chronic hives, there is no identifiable trigger.
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This is referred to as chronic idiopathic urticaria. Essentially, long lasting hives with an unknown cause.
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Even if the cause of your hives is unknown, your allergist can help you find relief. There are plenty of medicines in the market today
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that can help treat chronic hives. Available either over-the-counter or by prescription. So if you have chronic hives, consult an allergist.
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Together, you can take steps to get your hives under control. [ELECTRONIC BEEPING]

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