Allergies

Hives

(Urticaria)

About Hives

Hives are red and sometimes itchy bumps on your skin. An allergic reaction to a drug or food usually causes them. Allergic reactions cause your body to release chemicals that can make your skin swell up in hives. People who have other allergies are more likely to get hives than other people. Other causes include infections and stress.

Hives are very common. They usually go away on their own, but if you have a serious case, you might need medicine or a shot. In rare cases, hives can cause a dangerous swelling in your airways, making it hard to breathe - which is a medical emergency.

Symptoms of Hives
  • Red, itchy bumps on your skin

Top Medications for Hives according to our users

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All Medications for Hives

  • Antihistamine > 2nd generation

    • Clarinex
      (Desloratadine)
      Prescription only

      Clarinex (Desloratadine) is a good option for once-daily allergy relief. It doesn't make you feel sleepy, but you need a prescription.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
    • Zaditor
      (Ketotifen fumarate)
      Prescription or OTC

      Zaditor (Ketotifen Fumarate) is strong medicine for itchy eyes and doesn't expose the rest of your body to the medicine.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Eye drops
    • Zyrtec
      (Cetirizine)
      Prescription or OTC

      Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that won't make you feel too sleepy.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid capsule
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid

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  • Benadryl