The seafood crepe was delicious.But now your arms covered with little bumps that itch like crazy and turn white at the slightest touch. You’ve got urticaria-aka”hives”-an outbreak of bumps or welts with raised edges(doctors call them wheals)Hive are caused when white blood cells release the chemical histamine into the skin in response to an allergen.Hives are usually harmless,and often disappear with minutes or hours after the allergic reaction
has run its course.Doctors usually recommend over-the counter antihistamines,but try a more natural approach.
Hives, also known as urticaria, are defined as a sudden outbreak of swollen, pale-red bumps or plaques (welts) on the skin.
Hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to a substance that you encountered or swallowed. Due to the allergic reaction, your body releases a protein called histamine, which in turn results in itching, swelling, redness and many other symptoms.
DRIVE AWAY HIVES
Cold shrinks bllod vessels and may help block further release of histamine.Take a cool shower or a tepid bath with colloidal oatmeal or make a soothing,cooling compress by adding 10 drops of lavender essential oil to a basin of cold water,saturate a washcloth,wring it out and apply for 20 minutes.
REACH FOR NETTLE:
Leaves of stinging nettle contain quercetin a substance shown to inhibits the release of histamine. Herbalist often recommend nettle as an alternative to antihistamine.Dried nettle capsule are available at health foods stores.
Consult your doctor before using nettle if your are taking medicine for diabetes,high blood pressure,anxiety or insomnia.
Astringents tend to shrink or constrict tissue,including small blood vessel in the skin.This can decrease blood flow to an area and thus histamine release. Old-fashioned calamine lotion is an astringent that can help with hives.Witch hazel can also help(be sure to use real extract).Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply several times a day.
MAKE A PASTE:
To ease the itching,mix a tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste dab,onto hives.Alternatively apply a screen of cream of tartar paste in thhe same way.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Apple cider vinegar is another good remedy for hives. Its antihistamine properties will help relieve inflammation quickly and regulate the body’s immune system response. It also plays a key role in restoring your overall skin health.
Stress can aggravate allergic reaction,so anything you can do to calm your mind nad body may help hives disappear more quickly.
If you develop hives around your eyes or in your mouth,or have trouble breathing,seek emergency medical care immediately.