How To Get Rid Of Hives On Face

November 13, 2020     

Hives are a common condition, and around 20 percent of people get them at some point in life. They are really annoying and even uncomfortable because they affect sleep, work, school and communication. Fortunately, there are many treatment options, including some that you can do yourself at home. 

Urticaria or hives is a type of skin rash that results from an allergic reaction. They are reddish, itchy bumps on the skin that turn white when pressed. Hive is an allergic reaction to allergens in the environment, but other factors can also cause urticaria, such as the common cold, stress, insect bites, medications, food, etc. Hives can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, and the treatment is the same wherever it occurs.

There are many antiallergic drugs available to treat urticaria. Many other treatment methods are also discussed in this article provided by Cosmosure Clinic.

How To Get Rid Of Hives On Face:

Three methods of treatment are available:

  • Medications
  • Preventing allergies

Method 2: Treating Face Hives Medically:

Angioedema is a common, more in-depth type of swelling of the skin on the lips and eye area. This swelling is deeper than urticaria and occurs all over the body, but when it appears on the face, it usually appears around the eyes and lips. Angioedema can be very dangerous because it can cause swelling in the neck area as well. If you have itching around your face and you also have a tight throat, change in voice, or have difficulty swallowing or breathing, this may be an emergency. You must ask for help immediately. If you think you may have angioedema, seek medical attention immediately.

If you are not sure what is causing the hives or home remedies do not relieve it, you should see your doctor. You may need to see an allergist find out what allergen is causing your itching. Your doctor may prescribe stronger medications to treat your hives.

Some of the medications are:

  • Antihistamines help block histamine, which causes hives. These can be over-the-counter medications or prescription antihistamines, including:
    • Non-sedating antihistamines 
    • Soothing antihistamines
    • Prescription corticosteroids 
    • Mast cell stabilizers 
    • Leukotriene inhibitors 
    • Topical immunomodulatory medications

calamine lotion

In rare cases, urticaria can cause swelling of the throat and lead to an adrenaline-calling emergency. EpiPen can be used for people with severe allergies and need adrenaline to avoid anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can occur with or without the appearance of hives. 

Method 3: Preventing allergies causing hives:

  • Know what causes hives: Anyone can get a hive. During an allergic reaction, specific skin cells containing histamine and other chemical messengers are stimulated to release histamine and other cytokines, causing swelling and itching. Hives are most commonly caused by:
    • Excessive sun exposure. Sunscreen products don’t seem to protect your face from it, and some sunscreens can even cause itching.
    • Soap, shampoo, conditioner and other personal care products
    • Medicine Allergy. Common medications that can cause facial itching include antibiotics, especially sulfate drugs, as well as penicillin, aspirin, and ACE inhibitors used to control blood pressure medications.
    • Exposure to excessive cold, heat, or water
    • Food allergies to foods such as eggs, nuts, milk, fruit and fish
    • Insect stings and bites
    • Pollen or fever
    • Sports
    • Infection
    • Treat diseases such as lupus and leukaemia.

Avoid those triggers. You can try to prevent hives by making sure you stay away from the source of the allergic reaction once you know what it is. It could be something like poison ivy or oak, an insect bite, a piece of woollen clothing, or a cat or dog bite. Avoid these things as much as possible.


Not all solutions are equally useful for everyone. Try one or two of these suggestions that work best for you and determine which one is right for you. The right personal choice will help you lighten your skin noticeably.”

If you experience breathing problems, you should see a doctor immediately. Hives are often associated with a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis and a condition called angioedema. In these conditions, the tissues of the face, lips, tongue, neck, and even genitals can swell. (Other signs of angioedema include swelling of the joints, deep tissue pain, and wheezing.) Both conditions require a trip to the emergency room. If you experience stomach pain or fever related to hives, see a doctor right away.

No matter what medication is used, it does not “cure” the itch, but instead helps control the outbreak. If the drug is stopped, hives can return. Patients should let us monitor their progress every one to two months. For more information, contact Cosmosure Clinic at 8331040404.