While the cause maybe unknown at times, hives are an allergic reaction by the body to certain foods such as eggs, milk, fish and also nuts. They can also be caused by insect stings, ice cold water or even stress and the manifestation is in form of pale-red bumps on the skin. Once they appear one experiences itching which is as a result of histamine released by the body.
Hives can appear after a short period of time or immediately once they are triggered and fade away within a few days or hours. Some of the common remedies for hives are as discussed below;
Ginger – it needs to be taken continuously by adding it to various foods and can be applied directly on the skin as well until the hives clear. It is commonly referred to as the ‘wonder drug’ which reduces itching and relieves swelling since it contains antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
Nettle – it contains the properties of ginger in addition to astringent and is taken in form of capsules or nettle tea.
Turmeric – this one works well on most skin conditions that are characterized with inflammation and also helps stimulate the anti-inflammatory properties of the body. It is considered a natural remedy for hives which is either added in tea, food or taken as a supplement. It is not advisable to use it if you are on blood thinners.
Mint – it has properties that help reduce the burning sensation caused by hives and this happens within minutes of using it. It can either be taken in hot water or added to water that will be used to wash the affected areas.
Basil – basil leaves are crushed and applied directly on the affected areas and once dry, the skin is rinsed off. Alternatively, it can be added to hot water and once it cools off, it can be applied on the hives directly using a clean piece of cotton cloth. It helps reduce the inflammation and itching.
Aloe Vera – it is common with the treatment of many ailments and diseases and has been used for ages. In addition to reducing itching and inflammation, it also reduces redness in the affected areas and also contains antimicrobial properties.
Baking Soda – this can be applied as a paste on the affected area or added to warm water in a bath tab in which one soaks for 20 to 30 minutes.
Other natural remedies are as listed below:
Keeping off direct sunlight by all means.
Putting on loose, smooth cotton attire. This will prevent cases of more skin irritation.
Once the hives have manifested, do not use hot showers and baths.
Identify the trigger of such hives and note them down which helps in avoiding them.
Take in a lot of vitamin C in diets.
The condition is worsened by stress. Avoid this in every way possible.
If these remedies fail to address the situation effectively, seeking medical assistance will be worthwhile because difficulties in breathing can be the next stage to be experienced as the condition worsens.