Hives Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- Occasional hives can usually be treated at home as long as you do not develop other symptoms like trouble breathing or swelling.
- Taking OTC antihistamines can help if you get hives.
When you may need a provider
- You’ve taken a medication and developed hives.
- Hives don’t go away after 2 days or don’t improve after taking an antihistamine.
- The hives are severe and are interfering with daily activities or sleeping.
- You have chronic hives, which may be a sign of an underlying condition.
Go to the ER or call 911 if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the lips, eyelids, throat, or tongue
- Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Genital swelling
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
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