The swelling and itchiness associated with hives is caused by the rapid release of histamine from cells within the body. Therefore, we target our hives treatment to stop the release of histamine. We do this by implementing several different antihistamine medications. These medicines are very safe, we standardly use 4 times the normal dose. We recommend continuing on the hives treatment regimen daily until at least a week after the hives are gone. We utilize this treatment to allow time for the body to correct whatever caused the initial reaction.
In addition, we occasionally also prescribe a topical cortisone that you can mix with an anti-itch lotion to aid in the itch relief. Rarely, we will prescribe oral steroids or a steroid injection. These can help calm down the inflammation, but do not get at the base cause of controlling histamine release.
If you have questions concerning Hives or hives treatment, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. David Myers, a local dermatologist in Utah County. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.