Hives are raised patches on the skin which can be white, red or of skin’s color. These may or may not be itchy but leave no mark after healing. These are caused due to immune response of the body, whenever any allergen sneaks into human system body releases histamines; reaction of these histamines with chemicals present in the blood causes hives. Animal dander, contamination in food, insect bite, shellfish, nuts, eggs, medicines, pollen, milk, too much exposure to Sun, excessive perspiration, emotional stress, leukemia, auto-immune disorder and mononucleosis are commonly found reasons of hives. The patches of hives can be of any shape and these can occur over any part of the body. Very rarely these are life-threatening. In some rare cases when these hives block air passage these can pose threat to victim’s life. Home remedies for hives are effective ways to cure them in a short time by curbing allergic reaction.
Home Remedies for Hives
Drink herbal teas few times in a day, green tea, ginger tea and peppermint tea are very useful for relieving allergic reaction and curing hives in a short time. These teas enhance immune system and help body in flushing toxic matter out of blood to curb allergic reaction effectively. Emotional stress or physical and mental stress can also cause hives, if you are too stressed out drink a cup of chamomile tea before going to bed or a cup of passion flower’s tea to gain sound sleep. Sound sleep will relax your mind and also resolve the problem of hives.
If hives have occurred after eating or drinking, chances are bright that either you have consumed something which is intolerant to your body or some poisonous insect or substance has entered into your system through food or drink. Take a glass of warm water, add a teaspoon of salt to it and drink. This will help in nullifying poisonous matter and will also reduce the intensity of allergy. Salt water works as one of the best home remedies for hives.
If hives are itchy apple cider vinegar provides effective home remedies for hives. Mix 25 grams of apple cider vinegar with 35 grams of rose water. Dab a cotton ball in the mixture and wash the hives liberally, let the mixture stay and dry out. This will relieve the itching and will also remove hives in a short time.
If hives have occurred at any body part which others can see like face, neck and hand you may not feel like going out, to resolve such situation add some hot water to a cup of oatmeal to make a thick paste. Apply this paste over hives like a mask and let it stay, let the paste dry out and later wash it off. This is one of the best home remedies for hives.
Due to food allergies hives occur all over the body, fill your bathtub with warm water, add half cup of cornstarch and half cup of baking soda, stir the water and take a bath for few minutes. This is one of the best home remedies for hives.
Applications of aloe vera gel and also of milk of magnesia are other very simple and easy to use home remedies for hives. These relieve the itching and burning sensation very quickly and bring back skin to its normal form.
Apply ginger juice over hives to cure them quickly, ginger teas work from inside to reduce intensity of allergic reaction and its juice work from outside to cure its effects on skin. Wet cold compresses also work as potent home remedies for hives. Soak a towel in cold water and wring it to remove excess water, wrap it around the part having hives, repeat four to five times to cure them quickly. One can also dip the affected part in cold water to get relief. Both of these are easy to use and safe home remedies for hives.
Avoid allergy causing foods and drinks, maintain a diet chart to identify the foods to which you are intolerant such foods shall be avoided as these can facilitate an allergic reaction. Avoid scratching the skin after any insect or mosquito bites and keep bed sheet and curtains clean and free of dust. Drink relaxing teas like passion flower, chamomile etc., to gain sound sleep to avoid stress, do not use harsh soaps and gels, and exercise regularly to keep blood flow all over the body even and immunity higher. Eat citrus fruits and light meals during an outbreak and drink plenty of water always during the day. Avoid too much caffeine intake. If you face shortness of breath, stuffiness in throat, swelling in face or tongue consult doctor immediately as these can be sign of severe allergy or any dangerous poison entering into the system.