Which medications are used in the treatment of acute urticaria (hives)?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Henry K Wong, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Use of antihistamines is the mainstay of therapy. In acute cases, a short course of steroids can be very effective. Long-term treatment with steroids should be avoided, if possible, but may be necessary in severe cases. A number of other classes of medicines have been found to be effective, mostly on an experimental basis. If urticaria does not respond to antihistamine treatment (with the possible addition of a short course of steroids), then referral to a specialist is indicated. [71, 39, 53, 72, 73]

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