Treatment - hives; Treatment - urticaria
Treatment may not be needed if hives are mild -- they will go away on their own. Antihistamines may reduce inflammation, itching, and swelling.
Hives in the throat may block the airway. This is a medical emergency. If the face or throat swells, breathing problems occur, or hives persist, contact your health care provider immediately.
Review Date: 10/28/2008
Reviewed By: Michael Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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