I occasionally break out in hives (only about once every couple years). Last time I went to a dermatologist, and he told me, basically, “I don’t have any clue what’s causing it, but here’s a perscription for a histamine blocker.” I took it and the hives went away.
It seems like they’re starting up again, and I’d rather avoid another trip to the dermatologist if I can help it. I figured I’d just try an over-the-counter antihistamine. I bought some “Non-Drowsy Claritin” (Loratadine). It says it’s for “sneezing, runny noze, itchy eyes, itchy throat.” None of those are my symptoms. But an antihistamine is an antihistamine, right? I mean, it should still work on hives, shouldn’t it? Or are there different antihistamines for different symptoms?
Yeah, I know Internet forums aren’t the most reliable way to get medical advice. But this is a simple question about an OTC product, and I figured I might as well see if anyone here knows anything about it.