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Have you ever had red bumps that were itchy and raised out of nowhere? If yes, then you have already experienced Urticaria or Hives. Hives startle you by appearing suddenly on your skin. They are most commonly caused by some allergy reaction, but may also have non-allergic causes. To be more precise, Hives are the response of the body to something it experienced or ingested. Its cause could be a drug, food, infection or even stress. Hives can occur at any age as well as appear anywhere on the body. But thankfully enough, they are not long lasting and are almost harmless as well. However, sometimes they can be indicating a life-threatening allergic reaction and can be chronic.
In such cases, or if your condition lasts longer than two weeks, you need to Consult and find the best dermatologist/skin specialist in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad or any other main city of Pakistan. Since it can happen to anyone we have brought you some home remedies for its relief while you find a doctor near you.
Baking soda is a popular remedy for hives. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing the inflammation as well as itching. Use it in the following way to relieve hives.
Add half a cup of baking soda to a tub of warm water and mix well. Soak in the water for 20 minutes. Use this remedy once daily or as needed according to the intensity of hives. Alternatively, you could also make a thick paste of baking soda by adding water to it and then apply it on the affected area.
Ginger is known as the wonder drug and is used as a home remedy for various problems including Hives due to its anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. It targets enzymes and genes that trigger inflammation and relieves swelling and itching by improving the circulation.
Peel off the skin from a small piece of fresh ginger and dab it onto the inflamed skin. Repeat it twice to thrice a day you can also refrigerate the ginger root before application, for an added cooling effect.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The antihistamine properties of Apple cider vinegar make it a good remedy for hives. It helps relieve inflammation quickly by regulating the response of the immune system. It also helps in restoring the overall health of the skin.
Add two cups of Apple Cider vinegar to a tub of warm water and soak in it for 15 minutes. Or dilute the vinegar by adding water to it and wash the infected area twice a day. Follow the remedy daily until your condition gets better.
Oatmeal with its anti-inflammatory, anti-irritating and soothing properties works very well for relieving hives.
Add one cup of baking soda and two cups of oatmeal to a tub of warm water and mix it well. Then soak in this soothing bath for 15 minutes. Or make a paste by blending two cups oatmeal, two tablespoons cornstarch, and just enough water. Apply it on the affected area until the condition gets better.
Another great reliever of the hives is Aloe Vera gel. It contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which help in the reduction of inflammation, itching as well as redness when applied to the affected area. On the other hand, it stimulates the immune system to eliminate inflammatory toxins when taken orally.
Apply fresh aloe Vera gel topically to the infected area and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and follow the remedy until the skin gets better.
Using these simple home remedies can help you in the relief of hives without causing any harmful side-effects. So, if you or anyone around happen to have an outburst of urticaria out of nowhere, apply one of these remedies and get relieved.