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Health Tip: Easing Hives

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Hives are red, itchy skin welts that stem from an allergic reaction. Finding out what caused the hives is a first step in ending the itch. The ease the discomfort and prevent hives from returning, the American Academy of Dermatology advises: Hives may be triggered by food, medication, animals, pollen, stress or infection. A mild case may not need treatment and may subside on its own. A cool ...

Health Tip: Caring for Bug Bites

Posted 5 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Bug bites can be more than a nuisance. It's important to care for them properly to avoid infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: If you have a bite, don't scratch it. Use calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to ease itching. Take a bath or shower as soon as you come inside to help get rid of ticks. Prevent tick bites by carefully inspecting your body ...

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Rashes Can Be Serious

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Itchy, blistering rashes from poison ivy, oak and sumac are common and are caused by an oil in the plants called urushiol. Usually, you can deal with these rashes at home, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says. But you should go to the emergency room immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: Trouble breathing or swallowing, The rash covers most ...

Health Tip: Soothing Bug Bites

Posted 22 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Nothing can ruin a nice summer evening faster than being bitten by bugs. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to take the sting out of those itchy or painful bumps: Use calamine lotion liberally, taking care to avoid the eyes and genitals. Apply a cold compress to areas that are irritated. For bee or wasp stings, soak a cloth in cold water and hold over the sting. Promptly remove a ...

Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives

Posted 21 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 – A drug already used to treat moderate-to-severe allergic asthma appears to offer relief to people with chronic hives who haven't been helped by standard medications, new research suggests. The prescription drug – omalizumab (Xolair) – is already available to treat hives, following U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval earlier this year for that use. The current ...

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