Urticaria and Hives - Treatments

Introduction Causes Symptoms Treatments

The best treatment for hives and angioedema is to identify and remove the trigger, but this is not an easy task
  • Antihistamines are usually prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist to provide relief from symptoms. These drugs may also be taken on a regular schedule to help prevent hives and associated swelling from forming in the first place.
  • Chronic hives may be treated with antihistamines or a combination of medications. When antihistamines don't provide relief, oral corticosteroids may be prescribed.
  • For severe hive or angioedema outbreaks, an injection of epinephrine or a steroid medication may be needed.

Managing Urticaria and Hives

Tips for managing

While you're waiting for the hives and swelling to disappear

  • Avoid hot water; use lukewarm water instead.
  • Use gentle, mild soap.
  • Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to the affected areas.
  • Try to work and sleep in a cool room.
  • Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes.

 

Call your doctor right away when

If hives or angioedema occur with any of the following symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the tongue, lips, or face