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When would your doctor prescribe antihistamines for hives?

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If you often get hives, or if your outbreaks affect you a lot, your doctor will probably prescribe antihistamines. Treatment with corticosteroids, which you take by mouth, will sometimes reduce swelling when antihistamines don't work. But doctors usually save them for more severe cases. Your doctor may also consider a biologic drug, omalizumab (Xolair), for chronic hives in people age 12 and over.

From: How Do You Treat Hives? WebMD Medical Reference

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American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "All About Hives."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Hives."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 14, 2018

SOURCES: 

American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "All About Hives."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Hives."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Hives."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 14, 2018

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