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Can a doctor treat hives on Maple?

In most cases, doctors can diagnose hives online by asking about your symptoms, requesting to see images, or video calling to observe your skin. 

Once you describe your symptoms and the doctor has inspected your skin, they will be able to diagnose and prescribe appropriate medication. 

If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest you go to a clinic for a thorough in-person examination.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What are hives?

Urticaria (hives) is a skin condition that causes the surface of your skin to appear bumpy, swollen, red, or pale, and which frequently results in burning and itching.

Hives appear in response to the release of histamine (a chemical that is a vital part of your normal immune response).

Triggers can include allergic reactions, chemicals in some foods, insect stings, certain medications, and sunlight exposure.

What are the symptoms of hives?

Heat, cold, exercise or stress may also trigger the appearance of hives. The typical symptoms of hives include:

  • Itching
  • Patches of red, or skin coloured welts on parts of your body
  • Swollen lips, eyelids, and/or throat

You should see a doctor if you have severe hives that cause significant distress or discomfort, or have hives that continue to resurface for several days.

How can I treat hives?

The typical treatment is a prescription for an antihistamine to treat your hives. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe an oral steroid medication.

If you’re looking to manage your hives and get relief from the discomfort, you can try some at home remedies, including applying a cool compress or wet cloth to the affected area. Wearing loose fitting, breathable clothing may also help.

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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