Hives

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Should I CAll?

Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If

  • Hives and life-threatening allergic reaction to similar substance in the past. (see FIRST AID .)
  • Trouble breathing or wheezing
  • Hoarse voice or cough start suddenly
  • Trouble swallowing, drooling or slurred speech start suddenly
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If

  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • Hives start after a bee sting or high-risk food. High-risk foods include nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, or eggs.
  • Hives started after taking a prescription medicine
  • Age under 1 year with hives all over
  • You think your child needs to be seen urgently

Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If

  • You think your child needs to be seen, but not urgently
  • Hives started after taking an over-the-counter medicine
  • Severe hives (such as eyes swollen shut or very itchy)
  • Fever or joint swelling is present
  • Stomach pain or vomiting is present

Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If

  • You have other questions or concerns
  • Hives make it hard to go to school or do other normal activities. (Note: Taking Benadryl for 24 hours has not helped.)
  • Food could be the cause
  • Had hives 3 or more times and the cause is not clear
  • Hives last more than 1 week

Parent Care at Home If

  • Hives with no complications

Disclaimer

The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.

  • Not a Substitute - The information and materials in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker should not be used as a substitute for the care and knowledge that your physician can provide to you.
  • Supplement - The information and materials presented here in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker are meant to supplement the information that you obtain from your physician. If there is a disagreement between the information presented herein and what your physician has told you -- it is more likely that your physician is correct. He or she has the benefit of knowing your child's medical problems.
  • Limitations - You should recognize that the information and materials presented here in Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker have the following limitations, in comparison to being examined by your own physician:
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    • Your child could have an underlying medical problem that requires a physician to detect.
    • If your child is taking medications, they could influence how he experiences various symptoms.

If you think that your child is having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!

And when in doubt, call your child's doctor NOW or go to the closest emergency department.

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