Urticaria, also called hives, is a kind of skin rash notable for dark red, raised, itchy bumps. It is estimated that 5% of all people will develop urticaria at some point in their lives. What can you do to get rid of them? In this interview, Dr Deborah Wiancek tells us how Naturopathic Physicians can help treat hives.
Are hives usually caused by an allergic reaction?
Yes, hives can be caused by allergies to drugs, skin care products, laundry detergent, environment allergies and food allergies. Hives can also be caused by autoimmune disorders and hormonal issues.
Does urticaria go away on its own or can it turn serious?
Hives generally do not go away on their own. Hives are due to a problem with your immune system and left untreated can cause autoimmune type problems.
How can naturopathic medicine help people with hives?
As naturopathic physicians we investigate the cause of the hives and treat accordingly. Without identifying the cause you are mainly treating the symptoms and hives will never go away.
Why using natural treatments instead of medication?
Natural treatments do not have the side effects of medications. And natural treatments can help support your immune system rather than suppress it.
I heard that mint, peppermint, or stinging nettle could help relieve itching and inflammation. According to you, what are the most effective herbs for hives and how should they be used?
Again identifying the cause herbs can help a little but if you do not get to the cause the hives will keep returning. Stinging nettles can help. I generally do not use mint or peppermint for hives. It really all depends on the patient.
Do you believe a proper diet can help eliminate hives?
Yes, doing an anti-inflammatory diet by eliminating white flour, sugar, alcohol and caffeine can be helpful.
What about supplements such as Essential Fatty Acids or vitamin B12?
Yes, essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory so fish oil and flax seed oil can be very helpful. Vitamin B12 can be helpful, but it is generally not a main treatment that I use.
Hives: causes, nutrition, natural remedies (Optiderma.com)