People often ask about home remedies for hives. They also want to know what causes hives.There are many causes of hives, including:
In most cases, hives are not severe and do not pose a serious medical risk. Therefore people have come up with a number of ways to treat hives themselves at home.
Home remedies for hives have traditionally included:
Home remedies for hives may or may not be effective. If your hives seem severe or if you have any trouble breathing, you should definitely see a doctor and not try any home remedies.
Home remedies for hives do not prevent them; they are only meant to treat the symptoms when they occur.
Prevention of hives consists of eliminating or avoiding the causes of hives. You might want to keep a log when you have a break-out of hives. Note what you ate most recently, if you've used a certain soap or laundry detergent (especially a new brand), or if you've been outdoors and my have come in contact with plants such as poison ivy. That way, you may be able to identify the causes of hives in your case and you can avoid those substances as much as possible in the future.
Stress can also cause hives. If you think stress might be contributing to your hives, learning and practicing some relaxation techniques can go a long way toward preventing breakouts.
In addition to home remedies for hives, there are a number of medical treatments for available.
An over-the-counter antihistamine, such as Benadryl, is often effective, particularly in mild cases. It can make you sleepy or dizzy, so be careful driving after taking it.
There are a number of topical medications that can be purchased over-the-counter, such as calamine lotion as mentioned above. These mainly relieve the itching and burning sensation common with hives. They are most likely to be effective in mild cases.
For severe cases of hives, corticosteroids may be prescribed, either orally or by injection. They are usually quite effective and work very quickly, but carry the risk of many side effects, some of them very serious. Possible side effects include high blood pressure, mood swings, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, and increased susceptibility to infections.
Often people want relief that is more effective than home remedies for hives but they don't want to risk the side effects of standard medical treatment. They prefer to use natural products instead.
See a doctor to make sure an illness or disease is not causing your hives. If you experience any difficulty breathing, get medical help right away. Be sure to ask your doctor about the possible causes of hives in your case, and about the benefits of natural treatments.
Please write to us if you have any questions about home remedies for hives, or homeopathic alternatives.
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