Though there are many medical treatments available, getting rid of hives does not necessarily mean having to make a visit to the doctor or nearest emergency room. There are many things one can do at home that are quite effective. They also cost very little, so anyone can use them.
One of the oldest remedies for raised bumps on the skin is to dab a small amount of white vinegar on them. It takes the sting and itch away almost immediately. Calamine lotion is another product that has been around for decades. It is often used on children who break out with chicken pox, so it will work on other skin outbreaks to remove itching and swelling too.
For some people, taking cold showers helps reduce the redness and inflammation and can serve as a temporary solution. Many families keep a stock of Benadryl or some other antihistamine on hand for a variety of related problems. Not only does it work for bee stings and seasonal allergy symptoms, but will also be effective for skin eruptions. Chlor Trimeton is another product that is also safe for those with high blood pressure. Both products can cause drowsiness so they should be used with caution.
There are many other products, such as Claritin and Zyrtec that will help with skin and other symptoms of allergic reaction or sensitivity. The new generation of over the counter products does not cause the same side effects like drowsiness, so they may be good choices for those who must be alert. They are slightly more expensive than other products but still very affordable in most drugs stores. Many stores also offer generic store brands with the same ingredients, for a reduced price.
Other options include oatmeal baths and the use of topical ointments or creams. Hydrocortisone cream is commonly used for outbreaks of skin irritations and actually works by reducing inflammation. Caladryl combines anti-itching ingredients with those of Calamine lotion. During severe outbreaks, it is important to avoid contact with any detergents, acidic foods like citrus and tomato. It is also wise to refrain from using hot water, which may increase redness of the raised patches.