Hives

ExitCare ImageHives are itchy, red, puffy (swollen) areas of the skin. Hives can change in size and location on your body. Hives can come and go for hours, days, or weeks. Hives do not spread from person to person (noncontagious). Scratching, exercise, and stress can make your hives worse.

HOME CARE

  • Avoid things that cause your hives (triggers).

  • Take antihistamine medicines as told by your doctor. Do not drive while taking an antihistamine.

  • Take any other medicines for itching as told by your doctor.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • Your tongue or lips are puffy.

  • You have trouble breathing or swallowing.

  • You feel tightness in the throat or chest.

  • You have belly (abdominal) pain.

  • You have lasting or severe itching that is not helped by medicine.

  • You have painful or puffy joints.

These problems may be the first sign of a life-threatening allergic reaction. Call your local emergency services (911 in U.S.).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.