Hives are allergic responses of the body to various conditions. It could be food, a drug, infections or common stress. They are red patches that appear on the skin in various sizes and shape. Allergens trigger the capillaries to dilate, thereby allowing some bodily fluid to leak to the surrounding epidermis – the outer skin layer, and forms spots. The spots disappear when the fluid is absorbed and reappears again when the cycle starts again. The knowledge of how it is formed helps in relieving itchiness.
It is rumoured that the itchiness of hives on the skin can literally drive one crazy. You obviously don't want to go crazy so the next thought is to ring your doctor for prescription or dash to your local pharmacy to get your much needed relief. What if you are looking too far? Hives appear and disappear intermittently and apart from the ugliness of the lesions that appear on your skin as a symptom, the itchiness is what most sufferers want to get rid of first. It can be really uncomfortable especially in humid conditions. There are various natural treatments for hives; this is preferred over western options because it eliminates the side effects, such as drowsiness, that is often bundled with such treatment. You don't want the itching only to stop so you can sleep, you want to eliminate it altogether and carry on with your life.
For most hives outbreak, all you need might just be a warm shower for about 15 minutes to naturally release histamine which is very effective in managing or relieving itchiness. The warm water could also act as a purging agent to kill or remove the causative organisms.
Another natural treatment for hives is applying home-made masks and clay lotions on the infected area of the skin to dry up the hives. Calamine lotions are effective but should that not be handy, you could run to the kitchen for other natural relief.
Mix two cups of natural oatmeal and three tablespoons of cornstarch or sodium bicarbonate; add a little water and make into a paste and you have your home-made healing mask.
Applying milk of magnesia directly on the red patches or spots and drinking herbal teas and solutions are also proven natural treatment for hives. Most of this methods work by the calming the skin/body and eliminating or relieving itchiness – just what the hives need. Before you dash to the pharmaceutical store to get western medicine, go to your kitchen, herbal or grocery store to see the alternatives that is available. You can also experiment on whatever else works and share it with friends and neighbours.