How To Get Rid Of Hives

Knowing how to get rid of hives can make the difference between a Saturday night in front of the TV and a night out on the town. Hives are not only itchy, but they can put a serious cramp in your plans. Depending on the severity of your hives, you can usually get rid of them fairly easily.

  1. One of the first things you want to do when getting rid of hives is to treat one of the most irritating symptoms. Hives can cause you to be unbelievably itchy. Calamine lotion is the best product on the market to stop the itching. There's just something about that thick pink goodness that makes the itching stop. True, it's not a desirable thing to be traipsing around with a pink ashiness on your skin, but it sure beats scratching yourself incessantly while standing over the apples at the local grocery store.
  2. For the most part, hives are the result of an allergic reaction. If this is the case, a quick trip to the local pharmacy to pick up an antihistamine should clear them up. There are many antihistamines that are available for purchase over-the-counter. If none of these work, your doctor can prescribe a prescription medicine.
  3. A severe attack of hives will require more than just an antihistamine and calamine lotion. Your doctor will most likely give you a shot of epinephrine. Epinephrine is basically an emergency injection of adrenaline.

You are the best judge of whether a treatment works for your hives. The most important thing is getting the right treatment. Left untreated, severe attacks of hives can lead to anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock can cause death in extreme cases. So, find what works best and get back into the swing of things.


American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

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