Home Remedies for Hives

March 27, 2017
Do you suffer from hives? Learn about some easy, healthy remedies you can make right at home.

Your skin has different ways to react to external agents. This happens when it thinks it’s under attack or in danger. Hives is one of these ways.

These bumps can appear in just one place or expand to different areas. Besides the itching, one of their main symptoms is skin redness.

In this article, we want to give you some home remedies for them.

What are hives and what causes them?

This skin reaction called hives can be caused by allergic reactions to some substances. It can also be caused by contact with toxic or irritating substances.

For example, many people suffer from it when they touch poison ivy or poison sumac.

Other causes that bring on hives are:

  • Bug bites,
  • Swimming in cold water,
  • Exposure to the sun in the middle of the day,
  • Taking a steam bath,
  • Climate changes (being in a hot area and going somewhere cold and vice versa)

Some people have this reaction when they eat certain kinds of foods. The most common are fish, shellfish, and dry fruits.

Others get hives when given certain medications. A common example is patients with a penicillin allergy.

This includes some individuals who break out due to stress, depression, or anxiety.

The symptoms that we need to keep in mind when we treat hives are:

  • Bumpy or raised skin,
  • Swelling,
  • Burning or tingling,
  • Itching,
  • Reddening skin.

Home remedies for hives

The symptoms for hives usually disappear by themselves. It can take a few hours or days. However, during that time, we have to put up with the uncomfortable symptoms.


The good news is that there are home remedies that treat this problem. Above all, there are ones that reduce itching.

Let’s take a look:

Onion

Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, onions are great for treating hives.

It may burn a little at first, but then you’ll be thankful for the relief.

  • The only thing you have to do is cut it into rounds and apply the to the affected areas.
  • Keep it in place with a bandage and let it work for at least half an hour. If the area is very flexible, we recommend that your rub half an onion on it and don’t rinse it off.

Cold compresses

Sometimes, your skin is very red and itches too much. Times like these are great for using cold water or ice to treat your symptoms.

Doing this reduces the size of your blood vessels and blocks the release of histamine.

Remember, don’t put ice cubes directly on your skin or you will freeze burn yourself.

If you want to, you can take a cold shower or even a bath if the hives have spread a lot.

Baking soda

For this remedy, you should use lukewarm water. This is because it’s the easiest to dissolve baking soda in.

  • Fill the bathtub and add a couple tablespoons of this indispensable product.
  • Submerge the affected body part (or your whole body if you want). Then let it soak for 20 minutes.
  • Dry yourself carefully. Use smooth strokes so you don’t irritate your skin even more.

Apple cider vinegar

This is commonly used for culinary purposes. However, due to its antihistamine properties, this product rapidly reduces inflammation and itching.

It also helps to restore skin health.

Here’s all you have to do:

  • If the hives haven’t spread too much, you can soak a cotton cloth in the vinegar and apply it like a compress.
  • If the irritated area is larger, it’s better to soak in a tub with cold water and vinegar for at least 20 minutes.

Chamomile

In this case, we’re going to enjoy the benefits of this tea internally. If you don’t have chamomile, you can use valerian or linden (these are other calming herbs).

This is a great recipe if you have a breakout related to nervousness, stress, anxiety, etc.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Preparation

  • Add the chamomile to the water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil.
  • Let it boil for 5 minutes then remove it from the heat.
  • Cover it and let it steep for another 5 minutes.
  • Cool it and sweeten it with honey.
  • Drink up to three cups per day.

Wheat flour

This has anti-inflammatory property and reduces symptoms of hives almost immediately. It relieves the itching and helps the skin heal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 2 cups of oat flour

Preparation

  • Mix the baking soda with the oat flour
  • Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and add the dry ingredients.
  • Mix until they dissolve.
  • Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes.

Another option is to apply the oat flour directly on the affected area. If you don’t have oat flour, you can use corn starch or talcum powder.

Aloe vera

Of course, we couldn’t leave out this great home remedy. After all, it works on many of the greatest skin problems.

Aloe vera reduces the symptoms, encourages healing, and prevents scratching and redness. This is important because scratching can damage your skin and cause infections.

  • Simply cut an aloe vera leaf lengthwise. Then, extract all of the interior gel. You can apply this to the affected area.
  • Leave it to dry.
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