Rash (hives) Home Care
Home care for urticaria includes:
- Avoid scratching.
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
- Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
- Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream to the area:
- Try nonprescription antihistamines:
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl):
- For children (1 to 6 years) give 6.25-12.5 mg diphenhydramine every four to six hours
- For children (6-12 years) give 12.5-25 mg diphenhydramine every four to six hours
- Adults may take 25 to 50 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours as needed
- Use cold compresses to soothe the rash.
- Apply moisturizers, such as Lubriderm or Eucerin cream, for itching.
Rash (hives) Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have urticaria and any of the following:
- Rash covers more than a quarter of your body
- Difficulty breathing
- Worsening wheezing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Facial swelling
- Mouth or tongue swelling
- Hoarse voice
- Large skin blisters or weeping sores
- Worsening skin redness and pain:
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