What Causes Hives?

May 12, 2023

Hives, or urticaria, are a common allergic reaction, affecting at least 20% of individuals at some point in their lives.

What are the symptoms of hives?

Hives consist of slightly raised rashes, usually red but sometimes skin-colored, which may itch or burn.

What causes hives?

Hives can be caused by many allergens, such as medications, foods, or environmental triggers. Often the exact triggers are not easily found, but some common triggers include:

  • Penicillin
  • Shellfish
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Latex
  • Pollen
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Blood pressure medications, especially ACE inhibitors

How are hives treated?

Luckily, hives usually go away on their own, often within 24 hours. If the hives continue to cause discomfort, corticosteroids can be used to treat them.

Prednisone is one such corticosteroid, which is taken orally at a dose of 40 to 60 mg per day for 5 days. Common side effects are agitation, decreased urine, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, headache, numbness and tingling in limbs, blurred vision, weight gain, and shortness of breath.

How much does prednisone cost?

The cost of prednisone ranges from $5 to $9 for a bottle of 10 tablets, strength 20 mg. To find the least expensive pharmacy near you, and to get a coupon, visit the GoodRX Prednisone page.

How can I get a prescription for prednisone?

Prednisone is a prescription medication, which requires an order from a physician or other licensed prescriber. QuickMD can prescribe prednisone online and send it electronically to the pharmacy of your choice. Set up a visit with a QuickMD provider today.

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