Hives is a chronic skin condition often caused due to certain allergens. Also, known as Chronic Urticaria, it is usually caused when some toxic substance reacts badly with the body and releases histamine into the skin blood vessels. Hives medically termed as urticaria are symptoms of an allergic reaction in the body. Hives is characterized by numerous small, reddish protrusions on certain areas of the skin especially on the arms, thighs, legs, face and hands. These skin protrusions may disappear and reappear in a new place without any symptoms.
Allergic reaction leading to hives may be due to an allergen, certain medications, insect bites or due to a particular food.
Symptoms of Hives
- Reddish Welts of different sizes and number,
- Appearance and Reappearance of Welts on its own,
- Burning and Itching.
Though hive do not pose any threat to the health but it causes a lot of discomfort, itching and unsightly appearance of the skin. Natural methods can help to treat hives completely.
Effective Home Remedies For Hives
Ice Bags (Cold Compress)
It is advisable to apply ice-cold compress for 15-20 minutes to get relief from itching caused due to hives. Ice-bag helps shrink the blood vessels. Thus, creates hindrance in the release of histamine into the bloodstream and provide immediate relief.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another good remedy for hives. Its antihistamine properties will help relieve inflammation quickly and regulate the body’s immune system response. It also plays a key role in restoring your overall skin health.
Monitor The Diet
The prevalence of hives due to food allergens is very high. So, it is very important to maintain a track of what food is causing hives in a person. Mainly eggs, nuts, berries, milk, few fishes and chocolates are common food allergens. One should stop eating anything that causes allergies. This will helps in preventing the outbursts of hives. Eating a well-balanced diet also helps to boost up the immune system and treat hives.
Include a lot of green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits like oranges, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes and cantaloupes in the diet. They are a rich source of vitamin C which helps to strengthen the immune system and treat hives faster. Supplements of vitamin can also be consumed for further effectiveness.
Add acidophilus and other useful probiotics in the diet. These are found in yogurt, cheese etc. These foods contain strains of bacteria which help to shorten the timings of hives and hence help to cure it quickly. Foods rich in vitamin B12 lessens the severity of hives attack and also prevents its re appearance.
Corn Starch Or Oatmeal
Corn starch and oatmeal have a soothing effect on the skin. They help to reduce the burning and itching on the skin caused due to hives. Corn starch can be added to the bath water before taking a bath; it has antibiotic properties and helps to heal hives.
Oatmeal is also used to treat hives by adding it to bath tub but is mainly used when hives have spread over a large area on the body especially the legs and lower body. Doing this once daily will start healing hives.
Wet, Cooled Compress
The itching and burning due to hives can also be reduced by applying a wet and cooled compress on the inflamed skin.This will also help to reduce the swelling and heal hives completely. Do this therapy regularly for better and quicker results.
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps stimulate the body’s natural anti-inflammatory corticosteroids. It is also considered a very effective natural antihistamine and antioxidant for hives and a variety of inflammatory skin ailments.
Aloe Vera gel when applied on the inflamed skin helps to reduce the inflammation and also gives a very cooling effect. It also prevents the re-occurrence of hives on other parts of the body.
Several herbs like chamomile, ginseng, liquorice root, goldenseal, alfalfa, Echinacea etc. helps to reduce the inflammation, pain and redness caused due to hives. Herbs can be applied locally or can be taken as tea or supplements to treat hives.
Red Alder Bark
This bark is highly powerful to get rid of hives. Rub the Red Alder bark extract directly on the skin for soothing effect.
Alternatively, you may steep the bark and its leaves in hot water for about 10 minutes and drink the tea daily, as many times as possible for good results. Or else, use this decoction on the affected part