Hives Treatment, Diagnosis & Prescriptions

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Maple instantly connects patients with Canadian licensed doctors for online medical consultations, hives.

On-demand visits with Canadian licensed doctors to help you feel better faster.


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With Maple, you just tap a button to request a consultation with a doctor. We'll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video on our secure platform. Simply sign in and click on the “See the doctor now” button.


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With 100+ doctors on Maple, you can always connect directly to a Canadian licensed doctor - no triage nurse or lengthy forms needed. The doctor reviews your request and responds in minutes.


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Doctors can diagnose and prescribe on Maple. For prescriptions, we send them to any local pharmacy, and all you’ll need to do is pick up the medication.


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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.


- Dr. Brett Belchetz, ER Physician, Toronto

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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- Dr. Peter Iracleous, ER Physician, Toronto


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