The condition of hives is also known as urticarial and it’s supposed to affect about 20 percent of the population.
People with this condition have red itchy bumps making the sufferer scratch like crazy.
Some of the reasons for the appearance of hives are pet dander, insect bites, pollen, dust mites, and some foods like eggs, shellfish, and nuts. It is even possible to be caused by cold temperature, sun, pressure on the skin, and too much stress.
Based on the signs and symptoms, hives are hard to be mistaken for some other condition.
Once a person comes in contact with some of the mentioned triggers, red bumps suddenly begin appearing on the skin. They can change in shape as well as move around.
During a bout of hives they can even appear and disappear couple of times. “Blanching” occurs if you press the center of the bump, in which case it’ll turn white.
These red bumps are seriously itchy and uncomfortable for the sufferer. They can be present a few minutes, or sometimes even a couple of months.
People who are sufferers from hives need to be aware of its triggers, so that they can avoid them.
A person with hives is given antihistamines or other medications to control the signs and symptoms upon encountering with its triggers.
Also, there are number of homemade remedies for this unpleasant condition, and some of them follow in continuation.
1. Ice Pack
Putting an ice pack on the affected area is one of the simplest way to soothe the signs and symptoms of hives. It will help your blood vessels to shrink thus reduce the swelling. Moreover, it helps with the itchy sensation. For best results, do this method four to five times a day.
2. Cold Milk
Cold milk compresses are another simple solution. Dip a small towel in a bowl with cold milk, wring out the excess milk and place it over the itchy and swollen areas. Allow it to stay several minutes.
Fill your bathtub with enough warm water that won’t scald your skin. Add 1 to 2 cups of grinded oatmeal, and use your hands to make sure it’s dispersed in the water. Soak your body in such water until it’s no longer warm. After that, rinse and pat dry your body.
4. Baking Soda
If you don’t have time to do the oatmeal treatment which requires grinding, grab a box of baking soda and dissolve a cup of it in your bathtub filled with warm water. Soak your body in the water for a several minutes.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Put several tablespoons of corn starch in a small bowl, and add several drops of apple cider vinegar while mixing until you get a paste. When you get the desired paste consistency, apply it on your itchy bumps. The best time to do this home remedy is after a shower or bath.
6. Aloe Vera
Planting some aloe vera in your garden is always a good idea. The thick gel in each aloe vera leaf is rich in vitamin E, and can help in this condition. You should just apply it on the itchy areas every time the hives strikes.
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