Hi, my name is Molly. This tutorial covers how to treat hives. Hives are welts or wheals raised red bumps on the skin. And they’re itchy. Yes, that does look like hives. The medical term for hives is urticaria. That’s spelt URTICARIA. Urticaria. Which is Latin for the sting of a nettle. Just in case you needed to know. But most people call them hives. In most cases, hives are harmless but may sometimes be a symptom of something more serious. So if you’ve had any changes in your skin, it’s always advisable to see your doctor.
In severe cases hives can obstruct breathing, which is a medical emergency. However, in most cases they are a harmless but bothersome condition. The hives appear and disappear quickly, usually within a few hours. And they itch a lot. Fortunately they leave no mark on the skin. Unless you scratch at them. So don’t scratch. So how do you treat them In most cases the standard treatment is with antihistamines. Now, there are various types of antihistamines, some of which make you drowsy. These are the ones you want to take at night.
The new non sedating antihistamines may be taken during the day. You may also need to take more than one type of antihistamine to provide relief. Or take several in combination. There isn’t one best antihistamine that works for everyone. Antihistamines can be purchased over the counter, although stronger ones need a prescription. For them to work, they need to be taken daily as their action is to prevent hives. Antihistamines don’t cure hives, by the way, they only ease the symptoms. Use only the minimum dose to control your hives. Just enough for relief.