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Chronic Hives

You can have chronic hives for weeks at a time. Your goal is to find relief, even just for a little while.

Medications help, but lifestyle changes can make you more comfortable, too.

Don’t Dry Out

Some people get new hives from scratching their skin. When it’s dry, it’s itchy.

To help keep moisture in:

Use mild, fragrance-free soap.
Avoid hot water.
Limit baths and showers to 10 minutes.
Moisturize right after you bathe.
Use a humidifier.

“Soaps aren’t generally thought to cause hives, but some soaps can be really drying,” says Matthew A. Molenda, MD, a dermatologist with Bravia Dermatology in Toledo, OH.

Soothe Your Skin

When you break out, use cool compresses to shrink the blood vessels and bring down swelling, says Rauno Joks, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Hives come from a reaction inside the body, so creams and salves won’t help to get rid of them, Joks says. But you may get relief from anti-itch products such as 1% menthol in aqueous cream.

Watch What You Do

Some things people do or take every day can cause a reaction.

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You can have chronic hives for weeks at a time. Your goal is to find relief, even just for a little while. Medications help, but lifestyle changes can make you more comfortable, too. Don’t Dry Out Some people get new hives from scratching their skin. When it’s dry, it’s itchy. To help keep...