If you have ever had hives then you can probably just jump to the middle of the page to get to the home remedies and herbal remedies. But if you are new to hives then please read on.

Hives are our body’s response to something it does not like. It is an allergic response and it can be miserable. When our bodies come in contact with something it tries to repel it releases histamine into the bloodstream.

It is this histamine that runs around and sporadically or all over creates the welt-like hives that then itch and drive us nuts. This release of histamine into the skin produces an inflammatory reaction, with itching, swelling, and redness.

The medical term for hives is urticaria and is the sudden outbreak of red itching welts on your skin.

Any part of your body can be affected. The size of the welts can be small to very large. The itching can be a little too highly intense and I have to admit most of the time they itch a lot.

You can have hives from one hour to two days, most people experience the short duration of them lasting about a day, but there are people with chronic hives whose episodes last up to six weeks.

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Getting hives can create some obvious discomfort in a person, but it does not cause injury or damage to any of your vital organs. However, if you scratch them to open sores you can get secondary infections.

Causes of Hives

  • Contact – Coming into contact with something your body does not like
  • Detergent
  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Make up
  • Hair products
  • Bushes
  • Trees
  • Flowers
  • Cold
  • Heat
  • Insect bites and stings

Ingesting – Taking something internally

  • Foods
  • Drinks
  • Medications

Emotional – Some peoples bodies will react to the following

  • Stress
  • Nerves
  • Anxiety

Diseases and Treatments

  • Chemotherapy
  • Lupus
  • Cancer
  • Thyroid disease
  • Viruses
  •      Hepatitis B
  •     Epstein Barr
  • Bacteria

Home remedies for Hives

  • Ice or cold bath will stop the itching
  • Milk – A cold compress over the hives
  • Oatmeal – Put some in your tub and take cool bath
  • Bromelain – Stops the itching
  • Cornstarch and Oatmeal – Add water to 2 cups of oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to make a paste.Apply to affected area for 15-30 minutes.
  • Baby oil – Some people swear by this, simply spread baby oil over the hives.

Herbal Remedies for Hives:
Aloe vera –
Apply this to your hives and it will reduce swelling and soothe. It also aids in relieving stinging and itching.
Taking it internally will help you fight off the hives and get rid of the toxins.

Basil – Make a strong tea and wash your body with it

Burdock
Taken internally will help rid the liver and blood of toxins, increases sweating and stimulates digestion. It will also decrease swelling

Skullcap
Contains very strong flavonoids that are anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory and will balance your body during times of immune stress.

Turmeric
Helps to stimulate your body’s natural defenses and decrease inflammation. It is a good natural antihistamine.

Echinacea
Use as an anti-inflammatory and also to encourage your lymph system to drain. It is taken internally as an antiviral and antibacterial effect.

Ginger
Quickly stops the progression of hives and all the itching and stinging that goes with them. It is a potent antihistamine and will reduce swelling by improving skin circulation.

Licorice
Is a good antihistamine and anti-inflammatory and it helps to increase cortisone level so will reduce swelling and itching.
Nettles
Stops itching and give symptom relief and increase diaphoresis to help excrete toxins from your body.

Yarrow
Has pain-relieving, astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory actions.

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