Treat Hives Naturally

Hives are an allergic breakout to a histamine or allergen that causes small red bumps on the skin. These bumps itch, burn and sting and can appear anywhere the body. They vary in size from the size of a pin head to the size of a dinner plate. There are four types of hives or uricaria and angioedema. Though most cases are simply an irritation, call the doctor immediately if you begin to feel dizzy, wheezy, have difficulty breathing, tightness in chest or swelling of the tongue, lips or face.

 

How do I know if I have hives?

Small, raised itchy bumps are the trade mark of hives. These bumps can be small or huge and may cover large portions of your body.

 

How can I prevent hives?

The best way to prevent hives is to avoid contact with allergens whether they be food or other environmental factors. If you’re not sure what is causing your outbreaks, consider starting a journal to list what you were doing or eating when an outbreak occurred.

 

How can I treat hives?

  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and cool skin.
  • Try a cup of green tea, it has natural anti-histamines.
  • Goldenseal tea helps those with food allergies soothe their digestive tract during an outbreak.
  • Try a stinging nettle supplement as it reduces the amount of histamines in the body.
  • Rub steamed basil leaves over the hives, this may help soothe the body’s immune response.
  • Take a warm oatmeal bath.
  • Apply aloe vera with its natural healing properties to hives.
  • Try a baking soda bath; 1 cup baking soda in your bath to help soothe itching.
  • Don’t scratch. Cover your hands with mittens.
  • Try a milk compress with cool milk on the skin for 10-15 minutes.
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