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Hives (Urticaria)


Itchy red weals on the skin, they can appear anywhere on the body and vary in size from small, pimple- like spots to raised patches several inches across.

What to look for

A burning sensation below the skin raised, whitish, welts of various size surrounded by a red rash.
Sometimes the weals disappear after only a few minutes, but in other cases they can last for days or even weeks, and may move to different parts of the body. .
When hives develops beneath the skin, the condition is known as Angioedema. This illness can be life threatening and should be treated by your doctor immediately.



Hives are the result of histamines and other substances being released by the body into the skin. Often the cause is an allergy to certain foods such as strawberries or fish, food additives or drugs such as aspirin and codeine.
Sensitivity to cold, house dust, pollen or even sunlight can also trigger an attack of hives, but in many cases there is no identifiable cause. Infections such as strep throat in children and hepatitis B in adults.

Dietary Considerations

You should avoid foods that is suspect such as fish, milk, wheat, cheese, chocolate, artificial flavoring, food additives and eggs. Do experiments with your food and see witch food is causing the problem. You can start by eating foods that you think will not make you break out, and then start eating food that you think is suspect foods. Remember to keep a record of how your body responds to each one.

Personal Care


Take a soothing bath, this is one of the best remedies for hives. And if you know that you are allergic to bee stings of other insect bites, you must ask your doctor for a emergency kit.

When to seek further professional advice

If you develop hives and followed by dry throat, cough, nausea, dizziness, difficult breathing after a bee or wasp sting.
If you have regular encounters with hives and it lasts a month or more
When you develop hives after a blood transfusion.
When your hives appear under the skin

Alternative/Natural Treatments


Alternative treatments may be able to assist in the relief of symptoms of hives.

Herbal Therapies - a cool infusion of camomile can help to alleviate itching. As well as treating the symptoms a herbalist may use herbs such as yarrow, golden seal, gentian and camomile to improve the functioning of the liver and digestive system.

Homoeopathy - you can try either one of these remedies they are available over the counter. If your hives sting and itch, you should try Urtica urens. And Apis, derived from the honeybee, is also very good when you have considerable redness and swelling.

Mind/Body Treatments - by reducing your stress levels you lower your histamine levels and this will help with your hives.

Traditional Treatment


First you have to identify the cause of the hives.
To help relieve the itching, you should apply calamine lotion to the area.
And for a mild case of hive often disappears on its own after just a few hours.
And a longer-lasting case may respond to over-the-counter oral antihistamine.
If your hives don't disappear in a few days, see a doctor.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-22