Hives, called urticaria by the medical profession, is a skin condition that is characterized by sudden outbreaks of red, itchy welts on the skin. Any area of the body may be affected. The welts may vary in appearance, from tiny, goosebump-like spots to rashes that cover significant areas of the body. Hives usually go away within a few hours to two days, but in rare cases they become chronic and may last for six weeks or more. Home remedies hives urticaria can greatly reduce the time of the outbrake.
Many cases of hives are brought on as allergic reactions and coincide with the release of histamine in the body. The release of histamine into the skin produces an inflammatory reaction, with itching, swelling, and redness. Hives can cause significant discomfort, but it does not cause injury or damage to any vital organs. However, home remedies for hives urticaria help also improve the immune system.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is an important part of the excretory system. The skin acts in conjunction with other systems in the body to remove toxins and waste. Hives can be a natural reaction to the presence of a foreign substance in the body. However, an offending substance need not enter the body to trigger an outbreak of hives. Home remedies for hives urticaria can treat the skin naturally.
Merely coming into contact with various substances, such as pesticides, soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, residues from laundry products or dry cleaning chemicals on clothing, or any other of a vast array of other seemingly innocuous household items can unleash a maddening attack of hives.
The severity of a hives outbreak can vary from case to case as well as from person to person. Some people can break out in hives if they merely touch a certain type of plant or bush; others may develop hives only with considerable exposure, such as overconsumption of a certain food. Chemicals are a major cause of hives for many people; anything from perfumes to household cleaners can trigger a reaction, as can nervous conditions, stress, certain foods, and alcohol.
Viruses also can cause hives. Hepatitis B and Epstein- Barr virus, the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, are the two most common culprits. Some bacterial infections likewise can cause outbreaks of hives, both chronic and acute. An association between Candida albicans and chronic hives has been established in several clinical studies over the past twenty years.
List of Home remedies for Hives Urticaria
Aloe**—Aloe vera: Applied topically, reduces inflammation, provides protective coating.
Cooling to the tissues, relieves itching, redness, stinging and pain. Internally, stimulates immunity and elimination of inflammatory toxins.
Bromelain***—Pineapple/Ananas comosus: More effective anti-inflammatory than most drugs, decreases the allergic response, alleviating hives, skin irritations. Accelerates healing. Non-toxic in large internal doses; may be applied directly to the hives.
Burdock**—Arctium lappa: A liver and blood detoxifier, diuretic, digestive stimulant; assists in clearance of cellular and lymphatic debris, reduces tissue swelling. Purifies skin problems such as hives, acne, boils, eczema and psoriasis. Stimulates the immune system; antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal.
Chinese Skullcap**—Scutellaria baicalensis: Contains potent flavonoids that are anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory. Stabilizes body during increased immune stress or allergen overload. Cools conditions of "damp heat" such as hives, fever, infections.
Curcurnin***—Turmeric/Curcuma longa: Stimulates the body's natural anti-inflammatory corticosteroids. Very effective natural antihistamine and antioxidant for hives and a variety of inflammatory skin ailments. Protects liver against toxins.
Echinacea* * *—Echinacea angustifolia: Anti-inflammatory; reduces sensitivity to allergens, stings or bites. Encourages blood and lymph drainage, modulates and balances a hyper-reactive immune system. antiviral and antibacterial effects.
Ginger* * *—Zingiber officinale: Rapidly quells the onset of hives, itching or other allergic responses. A potent anti-inflammatory and antihistamine, improves skin circulation, relieves swelling and carries away inflammatory waste products.
Goldenseal/Coptis/Oregon Grape**—Berberis spp: Soothing herbs for swelling, itching; ideal for hives and skin disorders such as boils, sores, abscesses and fluid-filled or pustular eruptions. Tonic and detoxifying to the liver, gall bladder, stomach and intestines.
Green Tea***—Camellia sinensis: Strong antihistamine, reducing hives and other allergic inflammations. High in antioxidant polyphenols and flavonoids that protects against oxidative, toxic damage to the tissues. Enhances the immune system.
Licorice**—Glycyrrhiza glabra: Antihistamine and anti-inflammatory, increases levels of cortisone. Immune stimulating, improves stress response, antiviral activity. DGL form is not effective for allergy. Also use locally as a tea or lotion.
Nettles***—Urtica dioica: Freeze-dried form provides fast-acting antihistamine, symptom relief. Anti-inflammatory and astringent to relieve swelling or edema of hives. Detoxifying and diuretic, encourages excretion of inflammatory wastes.
Quercetin***—Quercetin: A non-toxic, potent antihistamine bioflavonoid, decreases inflammation of allergic skin and hay fever conditions. Strengthens capillaries. May be taken acutely during hive outbreak or as a preventive measure.
Schisandra**—Schisandra chinensis: Chinese herb that alleviates hives, eczema and swollen tissues. A tonic for the adrenals, increases ability to deal with chemical stress. Improves sluggish or deficient liver and protects it from various toxins.
Yarrow***—Achillea millefolium: Pain-relieving astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. Take internally or apply directly to hives to quell inflammation and pain associated with swollen tissues. Detoxifies tissues of cellular waste.[/fancy-ul]
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