Hives, also known as urticaria or nettle-rash, usually develop quite suddenly and can spread quickly. This skin rash tends to burn at first and be very itchy. Most often, hives resolve without specific treatment in a few days. In some cases, they don't. You should consult a practitioner if the rash doesn't go away. Chronic urticaria refer to hives that persist for 6 weeks or more. There are many things that can help with hives, such as a warm Epsom salt bath or the use of coconut oil... But if you really want to get rid of urticaria, it is necessary to figure out what triggers it. Most of the time, it is the result of an allergic reaction.
What are the causes of hives?
First you really need to figure out what triggers hives to find the right urticaria remedies for you. Did you try to eliminate some foods from your diet and have you noticed any change? Do you get urticaria every time you feel stressed? Do you have a sluggish liver? Finding the underlying cause of urticaria is necessary before trying any urticaria remedy. External remedies can help in a short term to relieve itching and get rid of the rash. However, an internal therapy will achieve much better results in a long term.
Urticaria are caused by the release of histamine. They can be the result of an allergic reaction (in most cases) but also an autoimmune trigger.
The main causes of hives are:
- Food allergies
- Drugs such as aspirin and penicillin
- An insect bite or a sting
- Extreme temperature
- Excessive scratching
- Emotional pressure / stress
- Poor digestion
- Liver malfunction
- Intensive exercise involving sweating
- A common cold or a hidden bacterial infection
It can take a while to be able to find what triggers hives. You might need to do some allergy tests or follow a strict diet to figure out what the culprit allergic substances are.
Are there any herbal remedies for hives?
- Stinging nettle
- Lavender or chamomile if the cause of urticaria is stress.
- Peppermint reduces inflammation and pain.
- Mint relieves itching.
- Herbs that rejuvenate the liver, such as Milk Thistle.
Make a tea several times a day with these herbs. You can add a little bit of honey as well.
What are the best herbs for skin? (Optiderma.com)
Homeopathic remedies for hives
Here are the homeopathic remedies that are used to treat hives:
- Apis if urticaria involves swelling, itching, burning
- Urtica urens if urticaria is triggered by exercising or overheating
- Rhus toxidendron if hives involve blisters
Try a warm epsom salt bath or a massage with coconut oil...
- A warm Epsom salt bath several times a week (no soap, nothing else than salts) is beneficial. You could also replace Epsom salt by baking soda or uncooked oatmeal.
- Massage with organic virgin coconut oil to relieve itching. Avoid using refined coconut oil which is treated with sodium hydroxide and bleached (which could cause an allergic reaction, such as hives!)
Here are other remedies and tips that can help with hives too:
- Apple cider vinegar applied on the skin several times a day (approximately 1/3 apple cider for 2/3 water).
- Cabbage leaf or raw onion compresses can help relieve itching.
- Vitamin E is urticaria healing if applied at least twice a day.
- Do not scratch urticaria as it slows down healing. Apply cool wet compresses instead to soothe the skin and prevent scratching.
- Dab the affected area with milk of magnesia.
- Avoid exposure to cold because cold can be an allergen for your skin.
- Sunlight and fresh air is healing. But be careful of sunburns because the affected skin is more sensitive.
What are the foods that can help get rid of hives?
Hives are often caused by the release of histamine due to allergies. This is why a proper diet could definitely help in many ways.
WHICH FOODS TO ELIMINATE FROM YOUR DIET?
There isn't any definite answer as it depends on each individual. Nevertheless, there are foods that usually aggravate urticaria for many people.
The most common allergens are:
- Shellfish, milk, strawberries, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat
- Foods containing additives, preservatives, flavorings, and stabilizers
Caffeine and alcohol can aggravate urticaria. Stay away from chocolate, coffee, tea or alcohol for several weeks and see if it gets better. Reintroduce these foods in your diet one by one and watch out for any reaction.
WHAT TO EAT?
- Foods rich in good fats such as fish, seeds, nuts (except peanuts)
- Foods rich in vitamin C to help with the allergy
- Foods rich in fibre for a better internal cleansing
Your diet should be very rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid animal fats because these fats can trigger inflammation and are more difficult to digest.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water to cleanse your body, especially your bowels and liver.
The best supplements for urticaria
- Essential fatty acids found in fish and vegetal oils. Evening primrose oil is one of the best one because it contains GLA which is anti-inflammatory. It is good to alternate different types of oils to get the benefits from each of them
- A supplementation of vitamin B12 can help treat urticaria
- Vitamin C to prevent allergic recurrences
- Curcumin because of its anti-inflammatory properties
- Betacarotene if urticaria is due to an overexposure to solar radiation
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