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How to Cure Chronic Hives – 8 Tips for Natural Treatment of Chronic Hives

How to Cure Chronic Hives – 8 Tips for Natural Treatment of Chronic Hives

Management of chronic idiopathic urticaria

Chronic idiopathic urticaria, also known as hives, is an allergic reaction to one or more allergens that may never become apparent, hence the word idiopathic (unknown cause).

Urticaria-Quick description

The symptoms of the condition vary in appearance and size, for example, urticaria hives can be round and look like small bumps or hives, or appear as rings or large spots that can resemble ringworm. These swellings or rings often grow and swell into each other, in many cases the swelling may increase especially in the head area, this is often secondary to a more serious condition called angioedema (angioedema is swelling deeper in the dermis or skin). Hives can appear on most parts of the body and in some cases all over the body, but hives usually do not affect the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet. An exception to this is pressure or vibration urticaria.

The term chronic describes a variation of the skin condition that has started or reoccurred and is usually categorized as chronic after being evident for a period of two to six weeks. Many chronic urticaria sufferers suffer from this condition for years with daily flare-ups, myself included.

A common allergy or life-changing condition

It’s fair to say that conventional medicine is lagging behind in providing any lasting relief for sufferers of chronic idiopathic urticaria, and I suspect that’s because most people view the condition as nothing more than an allergy.

It is true to say that common acute cases of urticaria (hives) are really a common allergic reaction, studies show that most people will experience symptoms of urticaria at some point in their lives and for such cases a short dose of an antihistamine or a quick injection of cortisone will usually work, but not for chronic urticaria sufferers.

Taking a daily antihistamine for life is not the answer

Taking non-sedating antihistamines including Allegra, Claritin, Clarinex and Zyrtec are all well and good for acute urticaria symptoms, but as explained offer little or only short-term relief for chronic idiopathy sufferers. Having suffered from hives myself for a long time, it is believed that there is some effective relief, and for any of you in the same situation, you may find some of the following natural methods useful in relieving the symptoms of hives:

8 natural tips for treating chronic idiopathic urticaria

  • Take a high dose of vitamin D (use d2), this is the nutrient that the skin absorbs through sunlight, the dosage should be left up to the individual, but as a hint I use a fairly high dose.
  • Reduce swelling by using cold compresses or ice packs (if straight from the freezer, wrap them in a towel before applying to the skin.
  • Calamine lotion applied to the area will help some, this is usually more effective for smaller, common hives, mine tend to be the rings and deeper swellings, so calamine doesn’t work as well for me.
  • Cats Claw (not real cat’s claw) is it actually an herb or a root or something?, anyway you can get it in supplement form and it really reduces the swelling or at least speeds it up.
  • Herbal teas can be helpful, even if you just use them instead of your usual tea or coffee when you’re experiencing a hives attack. I believe the reason is that they contain natural antioxidants. Green tea is also used to reduce swelling (inflammation).
  • Vitamin C is often mentioned as offering relief to hives sufferers, I can’t be sure if this is the case but I take it anyway as it can only be a good thing.
  • Aloe vera gel, peanut oil, or vitamin E oil are also widely used to offer some relief, if memory serves you should apply your chosen liquid twice daily.
  • Keeping a diet chart is something to keep in mind, although it’s not technically a cure for hives, it can help you isolate specific allergens that may be triggering your chronic hives. Just keep a list of the foods and drinks you consume for a period that may end with an episode, then you can double-check and see which items may be wrong. Try cutting one thing at a time to see if that helps and reduces the frequency of hives attacks.

How to stop having hives

This is obviously just a small list of natural methods for dealing with chronic idiopathic urticaria, without a doubt the best outcome for all of us is to not have the persistent outbreaks in the first place. But how.

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