There are no specific home remedies for hives, but there are steps a person with hives can take to manage her symptoms while waiting for the hives and swelling to disappear, says WebMD. These include applying cool compresses or wet cloths to the affected area and wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
Working and sleeping in a cool room can also help a person with hives be more comfortable. The best treatment is identifying and removing the trigger that causes an outbreak of hives, but this can be very difficult, according to WebMD. Common triggers for hives are allergic reactions, chemicals in certain foods, insect bites, exposure to sunlight and medications. A doctor usually prescribes antihistamines to ease the symptoms of hives.