A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Hives
I had a question the other day about hives.
Hives (also called ”urticaria”) can be caused by allergic or other types of reactions.
Hives look like welts on your skin.
They’re very itchy and can last just a few minutes or several days before going away.
Occasionally, however, these annoying blotches can be a sign of more serious problems, especially if you have trouble breathing.
Another reaction that sometimes happens along with hives is called angioedema.
It’s swelling that develops under your skin.
With angioedema, you may have deep swelling around your eyes and lips, and sometimes your genitals, hands, and feet.
It usually lasts longer than hives, but the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours.
In rare cases, the swelling from angioedema happens in your throat and causes trouble breathing.
If that happens, you should call 911.
If you have hives along with fever, nausea, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, and a drop in blood pressure after a bee sting, insect bite, or drug injection, that can be a sign of a life-threatening allergy.
Use an Auvi-Q or Epi-Pen (epinephrine shot) if you have one.
Then call 911 or go to the hospital.
Hives happen when cells in your skin release a substance called histamine that triggers allergy symptoms.
Common triggers for hives are:
>Foods (milk, fish, or nuts)
>Drugs (aspirin or penicillin)
>Food additives (flavorings and preservatives)
>Extreme cold or heat
>Pressure on your skin
The best treatment is to figure out what’s causing the hives and stay away from it.
Antihistamines can reduce your symptoms.
If over-the-counter antihistamines don’t help or your hives seem to be lingering, see your doctor.
At home, try these tips:
>Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to the hives.
>Try to work and sleep in a cool room.
>Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes.
To deal with hives it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.