Urticaria or Hives is a condition of the itching and irritation of the skin followed by redness. The irritated part of the skin turns red and swollen in the form of small patches. There could be many reasons for irritation. It could be due to too much sweating, emotional stress, extreme exposure to heat or cold or insect bite like those of bees, bedbugs or wasps. Certain drugs like penicillin could also cause allergy, thus causing Urticaria.
It could occur in males and females alike although it is not known to be hereditary. It could also result due to some allergy to foods like eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, berries etc. Sometimes an allergy to perfumes and deodorants or certain kinds of cosmetics could also cause Urticaria. The body parts most often affected are the back, legs, arms and under arms.
Even though the attack occurs suddenly it also subsides within minutes if treated immediately. Although it is not a serious disease, the irritation could sometimes continue for 2-3 days before subsiding. Urticaria can be taken care of by a few home remedies with things easily available around us.
Calamine lotion helps ease the itching and redness of the skin. Paste of sandalwood is economical and easy to make. This immediately provides a cooling affect thereby giving instant relief.
Henna leaves too can be ground to form a paste which has a cooling effect on the affected area of the skin. Milk of magnesia can be gently applied on the affected areas to give instant relief to the irritation and the burning sensation due to Urticaria.
Aloe Vera is the safest home remedy to calm the symptoms of Urticaria. The pulp of fresh Aloe Vera or and Aloe Vera cream can be applied on the skin to soothe it. Also, Acupressure is known to give relief in Urticaria. Some acupoints control the temperature, thus regulating blood pressure in the body, thereby decreasing the itching.
Grapefruit seed liquid can be diluted with water and the solution can be sprayed on the infected area to provide relief. One should avoid going near heat and protect himself from direct rays of the sun by wearing cotton clothes and by keeping the affected area covered.
When Urticaria occurs due to stress, it is advisable to take peppermint or chamomile to soothe the nerves, thus relieving stress and reducing the itching. Vitamin E oil can be applied on the itchy surface and left for a few minutes before washing off. This is sure to control Urticaria.
Capsules of vitamin C, E or Zinc give relief and lessen the irritation and nuisance caused during Urticaria. Nettle tea prepared with powdered nettles with lemon or honey added to it is and excellent home remedy.
Oatmeal is a natural healer for Urticaria. Soak Oatmeal overnight and throw away the oats in the morning, and apply the water on the affected area for immediate relief. However, this should be repeated for a few days to see visible results.
However in acute cases a good physician must be consulted and his advice should be strictly followed.