HEALTH

How to Treat Hives Naturally?

Urticaria, commonly known as hives, is a common problem. And an embarrassing one. It is estimated that one in five people, or 20% of the population would have experienced an episode of hives at one time of their lives.

Hives is a kind of skin rash noticeable as red, raised, inflamed and super itchy. It occurs when the body releases histamine, causing an allergic reaction throughout the body that manifests as hives. Hives can be very painful and have an intense burning sensation on the skin.

It is difficult to pinpoint the cause of hives. There could be a slew of contributing factors from environmental allergens (pollens, dust mites, cockroaches, molds and pet dander), food allergens, insect bites, medication and stress.

Histamine-rich foods to avoid: Alcoholic beverages, chocolate, shellfish, bananas, cheeses, processed meats (sausages, hot dogs, salami and ham), tomatoes, vinegar and vinegar-containing foods (ketchup, chilli sauce, mayonnaise and salad dressing), milk and strawberries to name a few.

10 Ways to Treat Hives Naturally
Hives come and go on its own. Most hive breakouts last a few days. Unfortunately, the bad news is that the condition can also be chronic. The insatiable urge to scratch has caused many people to lose sleep, appetite, patience and self-esteem. So, the next time you are suffering from a hives attack, try these natural ways you can treat hives at home.

#1.Cold Press It
Apply a wet or cold compress to the hives. This will help reduce the swelling of the inflamed skin. This is good for smaller areas of the body like the arms, hands, neck and face.

#2. Soak in Warm Oatmeal
For areas where the hives cover a large portion of the body, mainly on the legs and lower half, it would be helpful to soak in a tub of warm oatmeal. Fill your bathtub with warm water, grab your Quaker Oats breakfast cereal box and sprinkle it generously into your bath. Oatmeal helps to sooth itch. Instead of oatmeal, you can also try baking soda.

#3. Apply Aloe.
If you have aloe vera gel or even better, an aloe vera plant, cut the plant and apply the aloe vera pulp directly onto the affected skin. Aloe helps the skin to heal quicker and decreases the spreading of the hives to other parts of the body.

#4. Ginger Rub
Buy a fresh ginger and store it in the fridge. When you are ready for the rub, take the chilled ginger out of the fridge, scrap off the skin so that the ginger meat is exposed and rub it directly onto the affected skin. Better yet, use a food processor like Tupperware’s Turbo Chopper to roughly chop up the fresh ginger. Then, gently apply unto skin.  Traditionally, ginger extract is used as a powerful plant medicine to reduce skin inflammation.

#5. Get A Vitamin C Boost
Studies have shown that high doses of vitamin C reduces histamine levels. On normal days, the RDA or recommended daily allowance is 75mg for an adult woman. On hive attack days, try going as high as 1000mg-2000mg  per day until the condition improves.

#6: Drink Up
I believe drinking plenty of water cures almost every health ailment we face. Some people call it the Water Cure. Whatever it is, drinking much water reduces inflammation. With plenty of fluid, the body is able to naturally flush out all the toxins stored by the consumables we ingest. With a hive attack, you will need to drink a whole lot more water than you do on normals days – so that your body can work double time in flushing out the toxic allergens.

 #7: Boost Your Immune
During a hive attack, be more stringent with your diet. Eat foods that are high in anti-oxidants. You need the extra ‘good soliders’ to build up your immune system. Most times, an allergic reaction is a symptom of a weaken immune system.

#8: Pop A Probiotic
Take a probiotic supplement to give you optimal digestive health and helps shorten the life of the hives, especially if they occur because of food allergies. Excellent sources of live active probiotic cultures can be found in plain yogurt and cottage cheese

#9. Brew a Pot of Herbal Tea
Steep herbs in hot water for 20 minutes before drinking. Good hive  healing herbs for tea include green tea, licorice root, devil’s claw, echinacea, alfalfa, nettles and ginger and ginseng. Drink at least 3-4 cups a day. If you plan to go herbal and are on medication, you might want to check with your doctor first.

#10. Sleep
As mentioned before, hives is an attack to your body’s immune system. And your body is fiercely fighting back. For speedy recovery, get good long rest. If you have the luxury, stay in bed all day!

In the meantime, take an anti-histamine for temporary relieve. Try to identify the source of the allergen if you think an allergic reaction is causing your hives. Think back of the foods you recently ate, beverages you had, places you went and things you have come into contact with.

Hives can spread! If your condition does not go away or worsens after a few days, consult a doctor.

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