How to Get Rid of Hives

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Hives are an allergic reaction that show up on the skin in the form of welts and bumps that come in all shapes and sizes, and itch like you wouldn’t believe. These irritating red welts firm when the cells release histamine, which is a chemical that causes the blood vessels to leak fluid deep in the skin.

How to Get Rid of HivesThere is still some mystery as to why hives affect some people and not others. There is also no single trigger, as it seems that just about anything can cause them to appear. Among the most common triggers are stress, heat, exposure to the sun, meds, viral infections, and pressure. If you come into contact with anything, and we do mean anything, that you are allergic to, those too can cause hives to appear.

Usually all it takes to get the hives under control is a simple antihistamine. We recommend choosing one that does not cause drowsiness. It will take some time for the medicine to do its work, so try using some of the following home remedies to help reduce your symptoms. It’s also a good idea to find out what your triggers are, as this will prevent the hives returning in the future.

Here are some natural home remedies for hives:

  • One of the less common triggers is cold, so try hopping into a cool bath or applying a cold compress to the affected areas. The cold effectively shrinks the blood vessels and stops more histamine from being released. If itching is a problem, add some oatmeal to your cool bath water and soak in there for 10-15 minutes. Oatmeal can get slippery when added to water, so be careful getting out of the tub.
  • Gently dab witch hazel or calamine lotion onto the welts. These are both astringents that are effective at shrinking blood vessels and blocking the release of histamine.
  • The alkaline qualities of Pepto-Bismol and milk of magnesia make them good alternatives to calamine lotion for the relief from itching.
  • Mix baking soda and a few drops of water in a small cup until you get a paste like consistency. Spread the paste over the affected areas to relieve the itching and irritation.
  • Another ingredient you can use to create a paste is cream of tartar. Simply mix it with a few drops of water and apply to your hives.
  • For relief from itching caused by hives, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of lukewarm water and use a cotton ball or tissue to apply to the affected area.
  • Another home remedy has been used by the Chines for many years and involves boiling ¼ cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger in ¾ cup of vinegar for a few minutes. Mix with warm water and apply to your hives a few times per day.
  • Herbal experts suggest using nettle as an alternative to antihistamines. You can take them in capsule form, up to 6 400-milligram capsules per day, or you can pick some nettle, steam it and eat it. When picking the weed, wear gloves and long pants to protect yourself against the stinging leaves. (image source)