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      Category : Health Centers > Allergies


Alternate Names : Urticaria

Hives | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Hives can be treated in the following ways:

  • identifying and removing the substance that provoked the outbreak
  • using oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, cetirizine or loratadine
  • using oral corticosteroids such as prednisone
  • giving epinephrine for anaphylaxis
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Both oral antihistamines and oral corticosteroids can have side effects, such as drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation and the inability to urinate. Antihistamines, especially the older ones such as diphenhydramine, can cause more severe reactions in the elderly.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Hives generally clear up without any long term problems. It is important to identify the cause, however, and treat any underlying conditions.

    How is the condition monitored?

    If hives occur frequently, a healthcare provider should be consulted.

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    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Ernest J. Dole, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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