Hives, also called urticaria, is a raised, itchy area of skin that is usually a sign of an allergic reaction. The allergy may be to food or medications, but usually the cause of the allergy (the allergen) is unknown. Read more: Hives (Urticaria & Angioedema) Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- prednisone (Prednisone Intensol, Rayos) Corticosteroid
- hydroxyzine (Vistaril)
- diphenhydramine - injection, Benadryl
- cetirizine - oral, Zyrtec
- diphenhydramine - oral, Benadryl, Genahist, Sominex, U
- desloratadine - oral, Clarinex
- loratadine liquid - oral, Claritin
- loratadine dispersible tablet - oral, Alavert ODT, Claritin RediTabs
- loratadine - oral, Claritin
- fexofenadine 24-hour tablet - oral, Allegra
- fexofenadine - oral, Allegra
- desloratadine dispersible tablet - oral, Clarinex Reditabs
- cetirizine liquid - oral, Zyrtec
- Biologics (Biologic Drug Class)
- ranitidine, Zantac
- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- Antihistamines (Oral)
- amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)
- diphenhydramine, Benadryl
- montelukast, Singulair
- Antihistamine Shots (Injections)
- cimetidine, Tagamet HB
- Nasal Decongestants
- Periactin (cyproheptadine)
- cetirizine, Zyrtec, Zyrtec Allergy, Zyrtec Hives
- fexofenadine (Allegra, Mucinex Allergy)
- loratadine, Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert, Claritin Hives Relief, Children's Claritin
- nortriptyline, Pamelor, Aventyl - has been discontinued in the U.S.
- prednisolone (Flo-Pred, Pediapred, Orapred, Orapred ODT)
- loratadine and pseudoephedrine (Alavert Allergy & Sinus, Claritin-D, Claritin-D 24 hour)
- aluminum hydrochloride (Drisol, Certain Dri, Hydrosol, Xerac AC, Hypercare Solution)
- Lysteda (tranexamic acid)
- clemastine - oral, Tavist
- pramoxine (Itch-X, PrameGel, Orax, Sarna Sensitive, and Others)
- desloratadine, Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs
- EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen Jr)
- Tipranavir (Aptivus)
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