Hives Treatment, Diagnosis & Prescriptions

Maple connects you to all the care you need to get hives treatment in minutes. We have the largest network of Canadian doctors treating common medical conditions online, including hives, allergies, and rashes.

Online medical diagnosis and treatment for hives is safe and effective, and is already helping millions of patients around the world. Although common, hives can feel very uncomfortable and require a careful assessment by a physician. Our doctors will review your symptoms in minutes and can help you get the relief you need.

95% of patients using Maple rate their online medical experience as 5 out of 5.

Our doctors fully resolve 91% of all medical requests on Maple, helping you avoid an inconvenient trip to the clinic.

About hives and common symptoms.

Hives, also known as urticaria, are an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps on skin that appear suddenly. Hives usually occur because of your body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons. They are most commonly caused by foods, medications, or infections, or insect bites.

Fresh foods cause hives more often than cooked foods. The most common foods that cause hives are:

  • Fish
  • Eggs and milk
  • Nuts and chocolate
  • Tomatoes and fresh berries

Drugs can also cause hives, such as aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, high blood pressure medications, or painkillers.

Hives are usually itchy, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, and can vary significantly in size – from several millimeters to the size of a dinner plate. They usually last up to a day before fading.

When to see a doctor for your hives.

You should seek immediate emergency care if you experience any of the following with your hives:

  • Dizziness
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the tongue, lips, or face

If you have none of the above, some steps you can take to ease your symptoms are:

  • Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to affected areas
  • Keep the air temperature cool at home and work
  • Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes

For hives that do not disappear quickly on their own, you can safely and effectively be treated online. Your Maple doctor may recommend medications such as antihistamines (Benadryl, Claritin, or Reactine), or steroids (Prednisone), depending on your specific history.

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How our doctors will treat your hives on Maple.

Once you log in to Maple, you can request to see a doctor with the click of a button. Our doctors are available 24/7. After you enter your symptoms, we guarantee that a physician will review your request in minutes.

The doctor will quickly determine whether your condition can be treated safely via Maple, or if you need a trip to the clinic for a more in depth assessment. If they can help you right away, your one-on-one consultation begins and typically lasts 15 minutes.

You can choose how you want to talk to the doctor, whether it’s by secure instant message or video. The doctor may ask you questions like “Have you had hives before?”, “Do you have any breathing difficulties or swelling in your face or mouth?” or “Have you tried any over the counter medication for your symptoms?”. If the doctor determines you would benefit from a prescription, we’ll automatically send it to your pharmacy of choice for pick up.

Our online medical consultations start at $49 and are covered under many existing private Healthcare Spending Accounts. View our FAQ to learn more.

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