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Hives and Angioedema (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Hives or Angioedema?

Contact a health-care professional if you have hives or angioedema. After hearing your symptoms, he or she may want to see you for an office visit.

If you are having any of the following symptoms along with hives or angioedema, you may be having an anaphylactic reaction. Go immediately to a hospital emergency department.

Other reasons to go to the emergency department include the following:

  • Your hives or swelling do not improve after two to three days.
  • You continue getting new hives after two days.
  • Your symptoms do not get better with the treatment recommended by a health-care professional.

Do not drive yourself; if no one is available to take you right away, call 911 for emergency transport. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, begin self-treatment.

What Types of Doctors Treat Hives and Angioedema?

Primary-care specialists, including pediatricians, internists, and family practice specialists, may treat hives and angioedema. If a severe reaction occurs, an emergency-medicine specialist may treat hives and angioedema. For diagnosis and treatment of allergies over the long-term, an allergist-immunologist is typically involved.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2016

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