is a skin condition characterized by itchy, raised white
bumps called wheals that are surrounded by a reddish
area. The most common area of the body where wheal occurs
are the arms, legs, or trunk, but they can appear anywhere
and last for several hours or even days.
What To Consider
The most common cause of hives is a histamine reaction
that is triggered by allergies, especially to certain
foods, such as strawberries, fish, shellfish, peanuts,
soy, beef, citrus fruits, milk, and eggs. Drugs such
as penicillin and exposure to chemicals, including those
in common household products such as laundry soap, can
also cause hives. To ensure long-term relief from hives,
such factors must be screened for and addressed.
Identify and avoid all foods to which you are allergic
or sensitive. To minimize the occurrence of hives, eat
a varied diet and avoid eating the same foods more than
more than once or twice each week.
Hydrochloric acid secretions in the stomach are usually
low in people with hives. Vitamin B complex deficiency
is also common among hives patients. Therefore, supplementing
with betaine hydrochloric acid (HCl) and vitamin B complex
is highly recommended. Pancreatic enzymes taken three
to four times daily on empty stomach, especially during
the initial attack of hives, is also helpful, as are
bromelain and vitamin C (also taken away from meals).
a hives outbreak, take two tablets of bicarbonate soda
in water, and sip every 15 minutes until symptoms ease.
prevent a recurrence of hives, supplement with bioflavonoids
and pantothenic acid, vitamin B complex, vitamin B6,
and essential fatty acids.
To the affected area, apply a mix of calamine lotion
with beta carotene liquid, or a vitamin A capsule squeezed
together with zinc oxide. If neither of these remedies
is available, applying plain unflavored yogurt to the
affected area might also help ease symptoms.
Chamomile essential oil applied topically can help
Rescue Remedy Cream applied topically can also help.
Drink parsley or peppermint teas. Peppermint oil taken
orally can also help.
The homeopathic remedies Apis mel., Nat mur., and
Urtica Urens. Are all useful for treating and
Add two cups of uncooked oatmeal to your bath and soak
for 20 to 30 minutes. This is an excellent remedy for
relieving itchiness and inflammation caused by hives.
Fresh coriander juice applied topically can also help
relieve itchiness and inflammation.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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