How Do Allergies Cause Hives?
When your body's exposed to an allergy trigger, it releases a molecule called histamine. Histamine causes common allergy symptoms like congestion and sneezing, but it can also make your blood vessels get bigger. When this happens in your skin, it can actually cause swelling, or what we call a hive.
How Long Do Hives Last From an Allergic Reaction?
How long your hives last will depend on the allergy trigger and the severity of your allergy. Hives can last an hour, a day, or even multiple days.
What Are the Best OTC Treatments for Hives?
The best over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for hives are things like antihistamines. Antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl can provide temporary allergy relief. If you have severe hives, you should work with an allergist to try to figure out the best way to make them go away for good.
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