The good news is that most mild cases of hives go away on their own. But in case you’re worried, you can ask your doctor for an antihistamine or anti-itch medicine. Refrain from taking ibuprofen as it can cause hives, too.
Finally, if you feel like it’s infection-related, seek medical help immediately. Consultation is also necessary if your rashes spread, keep on coming back, or do not improve within 2 days. Similarly, going to the doctor immediately is crucial if the hives are progressing in number with systemic symptoms appearing, like difficulty in breathing, dizziness, abdominal pain, vomiting, or even low blood pressure.
In the meantime, avoid using hot water when bathing, wear loose, breathable clothes, and use gentle detergent and skin care products.
Some women experience postpartum hives, which refer to rashes that appear after childbirth. Causes vary, from allergic reactions, stress, and infection. Most cases of hives are temporary, but don’t hesitate to consult your doctor if you’re concerned about it.
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