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Hives and Angioedema (cont.)

Medical Treatment

The treatment of hives depends on the severity of the symptoms. For mild to moderately severe localized symptoms, a nonprescription antihistamine by mouth is usually adequate, along with skin-care measures for comfort. For more severe cases, an injection or short course of a corticosteroid may be needed to rapidly reduce swelling and itching.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014

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