What Are Hives?
What are hives?
Hives are the red, itchy welts that result from an allergic reaction in the body. If you suffer from hives, you need to understand their causes, as well as how to treat hives outbreaks.
Hives, also known as urticaria, nettle rash, uredo and welts, are classified into two groups:
- Acute hives may last for less than one day, or up to six weeks.
- Chronic hives lasts longer than 6 weeks. (Some cases have persisted for over 20 years!)
Note that there is no visual difference between acute and chronic hives, only the time that the case lasts.
What are the hives causes?
Before we discuss how to treat hives, let's look at some of the more typical triggers of hives.
What are hives dangers?
- Foods and food additives: wheat, cow's milk, peanuts, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, yeast, tomatoes; salicylates, tartrazine, benzoate, sulfites.
- Drugs: penicillin, aspirin, sulfa antibiotics, codeine, quinine, polymyxin, dextran, morphine.
- Inhaled agents: pollen, dust, mold spores.
- Diseases: lupus, lymphoma, carcinoma, thyroid problem.
- Infections: hepatitis B, mononucleosis, sinus infection, malaria.
- Physical stimuli: standing for a long time, sun exposure, cold water.
- Contact triggers: specific fabrics, insect stings, plants.
- Stress or anxiety.
Severe cases of hives can be dangerous if left untreated.
What are hives risk factors?
- Though the hives themselves are not contagious, the agent that causes them could be - such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
- Hives may be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition like mononucleosis, lupus, or a thyroid disorder. (see diseases and infections above)
People who may be more likely to suffer from hives are those who:
- Have had hives before.
- Have had previous allergic reactions.
- Have close relatives with hives.
- Have a disorder associated with hives (such as lupus or a thyroid problem).
Understanding what are hives and what are their causes may help you to prevent outbreaks.
Many specialists recommend that you establish a link between your outbreaks and any triggers you may have been exposed to. Ask yourself, "What are hives triggers in my life?" and then try to avoid those things.
Some research has suggested that there are dietary ways to prevent hives. Vitamin C, yogurt and garlic are three ingredients that may provide some degree of prevention.
Knowing how to treat hives successfully and safely will free you from itchy, unsightly bumps that are a discomfort and an embarrassment. There are many strategies for how to treat hives:
- Traditional medicine relies upon antihistamines for treating hives. These include both over-the-counter and prescription medications.
- Topical soothers. Calamine lotion may provide relief from itching when applied directly to welts.
- Oatmeal in bath water. This home remedy relies on the skin-soothing properties of ground oatmeal to calm inflammation and redness.
- Applying a cool compress to the area will lessen the burning and itching and take away some of the redness.
- Anti-depressants are used in cases where emotional stress is thought to be causing the hives.
A breakthrough product with which we have seen great success in treating hives is OxyHives. This all-natural solution works to provide both long-term and short-term relief by helping the body to maintain optimal immune system health.
Follow this link to learn about OxyHives, and see if it might be the right treatment for you.
Knowing how to treat hives at home is usually all you need to know. However, you should see your doctor to make sure that an illness or disease is not causing your hives. See your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Abdominal cramping.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Hives that continue to appear after a few days.
More than what are hives on our cure for hives page
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