Follow Up for Hives

Patients with hives should take all medications exactly as prescribed. They should contact a physician if symptoms worsen; if new symptoms develop; or if vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, sores or swelling of the mouth, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing occur.

Hives Prevention

Hives often can be prevented by avoiding the known triggers that cause them, if those triggers are known. Reducing emotional and physical stress also help prevent urticaria in some cases. If hives recur, patients may need to take these medications for longer periods (as instructed by a doctor) to keep them from coming back.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 15 Aug 2009

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015