That’s a chemical in the skin that can cause allergy symptoms like hives. The meds come in different forms: Non-drowsy: Your doctor will probably want you to try over-the-counter options like cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), and loratadine (Claritin) first. They won’t make you sleepy.
Is Benadryl good for hives?
Antihistamines relieve itching from hives and prevent allergic reactions. Some antihistamines react fast, like diphenhydramine (Benadryl®). Depending how severe the hives are, your healthcare provider may recommend daily over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription allergy medications, like loratadine (Claritin®).
What is the best treatment for hives?
The standard treatment for hives and angioedema are antihistamines that don’t make you drowsy. These medications reduce itching, swelling and other allergy symptoms. They’re available over-the-counter or by prescription.
Is Zyrtec or Benadryl better for hives?
Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is great for allergies, but curl up on the couch after taking it and get ready for a nap. Zyrtec (cetirizine) works to treat sneezing and runny nose, and causes less sedation compared to Benadryl. Works well to also treat hives and itchy skin.
How much Benadryl should I take to get rid of hives?
Benadryl for Hives All Over the Body:
Give Benadryl 4 times per day for hives all over that itch. No prescription is needed. See Dose Table. If you only have another allergy medicine at home (but not Benadryl), use that.
Why do hives get worse at night?
Nighttime. Hives and itching often worsen at night because that’s when the body’s natural anti-itch chemicals are at their lowest.
How do I stop getting hives?
Avoid overheating. Wear loose-fitting, cotton clothes. Apply a cold compress, such as ice cubes wrapped in a washcloth, to the itchy skin several times a day—unless cold triggers your hives. Use anti-itch medication that you can buy without a prescription, such as an antihistamine or calamine lotion.
How long does it take for hives to disappear?
Although hives can be highly uncomfortable to have, they are relatively harmless. Hives usually appear suddenly and go away on their own in a matter of days, hours, or even minutes. Chronic hives, however, can last for six weeks or more.
What cream should I put on hives?
You can treat the hives with calamine lotion as necessary.
You can apply calamine lotion directly to your skin:
- Make sure you mix the lotion before using it by shaking the container.
- Put some calamine lotion on a cotton pad or cloth.
- Apply the pad or cloth directly to the hives and let dry.
How long do hives take to go away?
Hives can last a variable amount of time. Usually, eruptions may last for a few minutes, sometimes several hours, and even several weeks to months. Most individual hives last no more than 24 hours.
Can hives be a sign of something serious?
Hives appear as a rapidly spreading, red, raised and itchy rash in splotches or all over the body. Caused by an allergic reaction to medications or food, hives can be a sign of a life-threatening problem when accompanied by difficulty breathing and a drop in blood pressure.
Will Zyrtec clear up hives?
Cetirizine is an antihistamine used to relieve allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, itching eyes/nose, sneezing, hives, and itching. It works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction.
Does Zyrtec have the same ingredients as Benadryl?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine hydrochloride) are antihistamines used to treat allergy symptoms, such as itching, hives, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and other allergies, such as allergies to molds and dust mites.
Does scratching spread hives?
Yes, the itch can drive you crazy, but scratching hives may cause them to spread and become even more inflamed, says Neeta Ogden, MD, an allergist in private practice in Englewood, New Jersey, and a spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
How do you treat viral hives?
For a mild or moderate case of hives, the most common treatment is a non-sedating (does not cause drowsiness) antihistamine. Antihistamines relieve symptoms like itching. Antihistamines are also prescribed to treat chronic (lasting longer than six weeks) hives.
What does stress hives look like?
What do stress rashes look like? Stress rashes often appear as raised red bumps called hives. They can affect any part of the body, but often a stress rash is on the face, neck, chest or arms. Hives may range from tiny dots to large welts and may form in clusters.