Chronic HivesChronic Hives Treatment and Medication

Let's Talk About Treatment and Medication for Chronic Hives

Chronic hives are like regular hives—except they last at least six weeks. Here's how to tame 'em so you can get on with life.

    Our Pro PanelChronic Hives Treatment and Medication

    We went to some of the nation's top CIU experts to bring you the most scientific and up-to-date information possible.

    Purvi Parikh, M.D.

    Purvi Parikh, M.D.Adult and Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

    NYU Langone Health
    New York City
    Morgan Rabach, M.D.

    Morgan Rabach, M.D.Clinical Instructor in the Department of Dermatology

    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY
    Ronald L. Ragotzy, M.D.

    Ronald L. Ragotzy, M.D.Allergist and Immunologist

    Beloit Memorial Hospital
    Beloit, WI

    Frequently Asked QuestionsChronic Hives Treatment and Medication

    Can chronic hives be cured?

    CIU can be treated — even prevented—but with no known cause, it’s difficult to say firmly that it can be cured. About half of patients with chronic hives stop experiencing symptoms within a year of CIU first appearing. .

    Should I get an allergy test?

    If you suspect that a particular food or environmental allergen is the trigger, an allergy test is worth doing to either confirm or eliminate it as a cause. Usually, chronic hives have no confirmed cause—so there may be other triggers an allergy test won’t pinpoint.

    Can I take more than one medication at a time for CIU?

    Under your doctor’s guidance, you may take an antihistamine medication in conjunction with other drugs, including asthma medications, corticosteroids, monoclonal antibodies, immunosuppressants, and topical cremes that help relieve itching.

    Do natural remedies work for chronic hives?

    There are no proven natural remedies to actually cure CIU. However, treatments like taking a cool oatmeal bath, applying a water-and-baking-soda paste directly onto your welts, and using a cold compress may all help calm down skin and soothe the itching associated with a flare-up.

    Nykia Spradley

    Nykia Spradley


    Nykia Spradley is a beauty and wellness writer whose work has been published by ESSENCE, Cosmopolitan, Oprah Magazine and more.