ALLERGIES – HIVES
Hives also known as urticaria, are itchy, raised welts that are found on the skin. It is usually red, pink or flesh-colored, and sometimes they sting or hurt. Most cases hives are caused by an allergic reaction to a medication or food or reaction to an irritant in the environment. This can be triggered by stress, medications, insect bites or stings, sunlight, cold temperatures, infection and other underlying conditions. Identify what triggered a rash is crucial. If your experience the following you should seek medical attention – dizziness, swelling; in your throat or face and difficulty breathing. Some home remedies to soothe your itchy skin – Use a cold compress this help relieve any irritation, apply to affected areas for up to 10 minutes and repeat as needed. Take a bath with anti-itch solution such as oatmeal – (colloidal oatmeal for bathing) or one or two handfuls of baking soda. Avoid certain products that may irritate the skin especially certain soaps which may dry your skin and cause itching when you have hives; use soap that marketed for sensitive skin. You should also avoid using irritating moisturizers or lotions. Keep things cool- heat can make itchiness worse. Wear lightweight clothing and keep the temperature cool and comfortable, avoid sitting in the sunlight. You can give some natural solutions a try such as WITCH HAZEL – add 5 to 10 grams of witch hazel bark to 1 cup of water, mash the bark up, pour the mixture into a pot, bring to boiling and remove from the heat, strain the mixture, let the mixture cool before application, apply to skin like a mask a few times each day, let it sit on the affected areas for about 20 minutes and then rinse off. ALOE VERA- it is a natural anti-inflammatory and can cause contact dermatitis, so it is important to do a skin patch test before applying. You can apply topical aloe vera to your hives as needed, a few times a day, follow instructions on the package.
Types of Hives – Allergic Reactions to foods such as nuts, milk and eggs; pet dander; pollen; dust mites; insect bites or sting; medications (primarily antibiotics, cancer drugs and ibuprofen. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. In this condition hives are often accompanied with breathing difficulties, nausea or vomiting, severe swelling and dizziness. Chronic Hives are ongoing cases that don’t necessarily have an identifiable cause. If you have welts for more than six weeks then most likely you have chronic hives. Temperature-induced Hives- changes in temperature can induce hives in people who are sensitive to such changes, cold induced hives may occur from cold water or air exposure while body heat form physical activity may cause exercise induced hives. Infection-induced Hives- both viral and bacterial infections can cause hives, bacterial infections causing hives include urinary tract infections and strep throat. Viruses that cause infectious mononucleosis, hepatitis, and colds often cause hives.