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Hives Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


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.

Emergency Care

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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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