Hives can be painful and uncomfortable. While they usually resolve on their own, treatment may provide you with some respite from the itching and burning. The first preference of your doctor will be to determine the cause that triggers your hives. Until then you may be prescribed one of the following medications:
Antihistamines to reduce or block histamines in order to stop the allergy symptoms including itching and swelling
Oral corticosteroids, for severe cases of hives, to reduce swelling, redness and itching
Autoimmune drugs to calm your overactive immune system incase antihistamines and corticosteroids fail to work
In case of emergency situations, you may be given an injection of epinephrine, a type of adrenaline. If you are prone to regular attacks that are serious, your doctor may ask you to keep a pen-like device with you that will allow you to self-administer epinephrine in emergencies.