Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're experiencing mild hives or angioedema, these tips may help relieve your symptoms:

  • Avoid triggers. These can include foods, medications, pollen, pet dander, latex and insect stings.
  • Use an over-the-counter antihistamine. A nonprescription oral antihistamine, such as loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), may help relieve itching.
  • Apply cool, wet compresses. Covering the affected area with bandages and dressings can help soothe the skin and prevent scratching.
  • Take a comfortably cool bath. To relieve itching, sprinkle the bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal — a finely ground oatmeal that is made for the bathtub (Aveeno, others).
  • Wear loose, smooth-textured cotton clothing. Avoid clothing that's rough, tight, scratchy or made from wool. This will help you avoid irritation.
Feb. 14, 2014