Urticaria or hives can be triggered by a lot of factors. They can sometimes happen as a result of an allergy. They appear pink, raised or swollen and are usually itchy.
Some of the allergic reactions that may trigger hives include stress, cold, medications, insect bites, chemical, foods and much more. They can sometimes last for few hours, days or even weeks.
The itching that comes with hive breakouts may be mild or severe. Alcoholic beverages, scratching, alcoholic beverages, emotional stress and exercise will only exacerbate the itching. This article will provide some tips on how to get rid of hives.
Symptoms Of Hives
Some of the symptoms of hives include:
- Itchy bumps which may be pink colored or the color of your skin.
- The hive been capable of changing shape, joining and spreading together on the infected areas to form one larger mass.
- Turning white at the center when pressed
Common Hives Triggers
Hives can either be acute, or chronic (long term). Some common hives triggers include:
- Certain food such as nuts, peanuts, shellfish, eggs.
- Some medications like, aspirin, penicillin antibiotics, and ibuprofen
- Bites from Insect
- Blood transfusion
- Bacterial infections
- Some physical stimuli like heat, cold, exercise or excess sun exposure
- Viral infections
- Pet dander
- Certain plants, such as poison ivy and poison oak
Some of the common triggers of acute hives are:
- Such as cheese, peanuts, shellfish, and even eggs.
- Environmental allergies such as; pollen, chemicals or dust mites.
- Latex allergies
- Stings from an insect
- Reactions to certain medication such as aspirin, antibiotics, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Temperature changes
Some common triggers of chronic or long term hives include:
- Warm temperatures
- Pressure on the skin as a result of tight clothing
- Bites from insects
- Additives such as salicylates found in orange juice, tea
Treatment for Hives
If you are able to identify the cause or causes of your hives, the best treatment for hives would be to avoid the triggers or eliminate them if possible. You can do that through the following ways:
- By avoiding known triggers
- By avoiding the use of hard soaps
- Stay off tight clothing, as they only increase pressure to the skin and will only exacerbate the hive symptoms
- You can wear protective clothing, or apply some sunblock if your hive is as a result of sun exposure
- Always notify your doctor if your medications are causing you hives
- You can also see an allergist who may help you to look out and identify some triggers, and possibly recommend the best treatment for hives for you such as antihistamines to treat the symptoms and also reduce their severity.
How To Get Rid Of Hives
Here are some natural ways on how to get rid of hives at home. They include:
- Making use of cold and wet cloth. The inflammation and redness caused by hives can be reduced by applying a cold compress to the affected part of your body. Your choice of cloth should be clean and soft. Let the compress stay on the affected area for about 15 minutes, and repeat the process every few hours.
- Getting an oatmeal bath. If the hives occupy a large area of skin, an oatmeal bath will help to relieve the itching, inflammation and also reduce your body temperature. You can place a colloidal oatmeal in your bathtub, filled with cold
- Use of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a great plant, and can be used for several skin conditions such as eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, acne and so much more. The gel from the aloe Vera do not just treat the affected area of the skin, it also forms a barrier on the unaffected parts of the skin by protecting it from any spread of hives. Aloe Vera also promotes faster healing of your skin.