There are no instant cures for hives. People generally try various medications until they find a combination that works for them. According to the National Library of Medicine, there are a few things that you can do to reduce discomfort while waiting for your hives to effectively treat:
- An over-the-counter antihistamine will help to relieve itching. Your doctor may also prescribe an antihistamine or give you a shot.
- Dab calamine lotion on the rash. This will help your skin feel cooler, less irritated, and reduce the itch.
- Place a cool compress over your skin to soothe pain, itchiness and swelling. Try taking a cool oatmeal bath, especially if the hives cover a large portion of your body. Don’t take a hot bath or shower – the hot water may only irritate the skin further.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.