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What are some simple tips to treat hives and angioedema?

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While you wait for the hives and swelling to disappear:

1. Avoid hot water. Use lukewarm water instead.

2. Use gentle, mild soap.

3. Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to the affected areas.

4. Try to work and sleep in a cool room.

5. Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes.

SOURCES: 

Medscape: "Angioedema." 

MedicineNet: "Hives (Uticaria & Angioedema)."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

Muller, B. March 2004. American Family Physician,


 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Medscape: "Angioedema." 

MedicineNet: "Hives (Uticaria & Angioedema)."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

Muller, B. March 2004. American Family Physician,


 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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