Hives can affect us from time to time because they can be triggered by allergies. They often appear as welts or red bumps on the skin which can be uncomfortable and hot to the touch. Other factors such as too much exposure to the sun, stress, viral infections, and the like can also cause hives to appear. Most of the time, anti-histamines can work in providing relief from hives but for others, natural remedies seem to work better for them. If you are prone to breaking out in hives, these remedies may just be the one that you need.
Hives can actually be treated by taking a cool bath mixed with some colloidal oatmeal. The cold can actually make your blood vessels shrink to prevent releasing more histamine in your body so that your hives will become tamed. Soak in this bath for about 10 to 15 minutes. Wash yourself afterwards and you will feel better in no time.
If you often break in hives then it is probably because you are using a product that is irritating to your skin. Keep in mind that there are certain types of soaps that can actually cause your skin to become dry and itching. If you have sensitive skin, make sure that you choose a product that is specially formulated for your skin type.
Witch hazel or even calamine lotion dabbed on the affected areas can actually help reduce the blood vessels so there will be little to no histamine being released in your body. If there is no witch hazel or even calamine lotion, try Pepto-bismol or milk of magnesia. These two can work in making your hives disappear because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
You will find that aloe vera is quite useful when you have hives because of its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Even though this plant can treat inflammation, it can still trigger dermatitis, which is why you need to do a patch test first before you apply it on the affected area. When doing a patch test, make sure that you place a small amount of the gel on the inside of your arm and leave it on for about 24 hours. When there is no irritation, then this treatment will be good for treating your hives.
Another remedy that you can use for your hives is vinegar. What’s great about this treatment is that you can easily find it in your kitchen. All that you have to do is to mix a tablespoon of warm water with a teaspoon of vinegar then use a cotton ball to spread the solution on your hives. You will find that this solution can reduce the itching on your skin.
These are just a few options to consider for treating hives if you want to go natural with your skin problem. You will find that it is easier to make the itching, swelling, and pain to go away.