Can Hives Be Cured?

Dr. Saini answers the question: 'Can Hives Be Cured?'

ByABC News
March 25, 2008, 3:00 PM

— -- Question: Can hives be cured?

Answer: Although hives are one of the most common conditions that we see, almost one in four people will suffer a short-lived case of the hives in this country, we see that it's often difficult to isolate the single trigger factor to hives. If it's in relation to a drug or a food that's often a little bit more obvious. And when the problem comes up people are more readily aware that there's a connection between the single food or drug and the hives.

In cases of chronic hives, hives that last for two months or longer, it's often difficult to pinpoint a single trigger factor. In addition, we have a poor understanding of what exactly is activating the hives in that setting. Because we have a poor understanding right now of what actually activates the hives in the chronic hive cases, we often don't know exactly how to cure them.

Even though that sounds a little depressing, we do know that our current medicines, our antihistamines, are very effective at managing the majority of symptoms of the hives including the discomfort and itch that may occur as a result of the hive eruptions.

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