This is a basic guide on how to treat hives properly. First and foremost, identify what triggered your hives outbreak. Avoid exposure to the root cause of the hives outbreak once it has been identified. a mild bout of hives often goes away on its own in just a few hours. a longer-lasting case of hives should respond to the manufacturer’s recommended dosage of an over-the-counter oral antihistamine. if your hives do not disappear in a few days, see a doctor. Inquire from your doctor about giving you a prescription for an emergency kit known as an Epi pen which has epinephrine. This is used in the treatment of acute or severe hives.
To treat the reddening, itching and swelling, the doctor will usually prescribe antihistamines. Tagamet, Seldane, Benedryl, and Atarax are examples of antihistamines that offer relief from the discomfort the hives bring. in serious cases of hives, the doctor will give you a corticosteroid injection. However, epinephrine injections are employed in life threatening situations.
Oral medications should reduce the severity of the hives. Consult your doctor if you can take acidophilus for your hives. Another option to reduce the swelling is Quercetin. taking Vitamin C supplements or foods rich in this vitamin every day will reinforce your immune system. any medication that is used to treat an allergic reaction can normally be used also to treat hives.
A relaxing bath is one of the most effective and most readily applicable treatment for hives. Mix five tablespoons or 47 grams of oatmeal and three tablespoons or 23 grams of cornstarch to your bath. an oatmeal bath is a nice remedy to relieve hives especially if large areas of you body is affected. However, it may take several days of taking an oatmeal bath to see its healing effects. Cornstarch is not only soothing but it also has antibiotic-like qualities.
For an instant relief, try cooling down the area affected by hives with an ice pack or cold cloth.
Try using aloe vera gel also. Aloe vera gel is good for hives and also sunburns. Apply the gel two times a day. Apply a generous amount before going to sleep at night.
You can also try taking medicinal herbs to counter an allergic reaction. Try using nettles, ginseng, Echinacea, yellow dock or licorice.
Call your Doctor When:
.burning sensation or itchy spots begin to appear in your throat. You might be in danger of suffocating.
.you have a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. This is when you have hives and it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms cold sweats, dry throat, cough, dizziness, nausea, difficult breathing, or a severe drop in blood pressure.
.your hives comes and goes in a month’s time or longer. You may have an underlying health condition.
.you develop signs of angioedema (this swelling is comparable to hives; however the swelling occurs under the skin and not on the surface). Seek immediate medical help before it spreads especially if the angioedema is on the head or neck.
.you acquire hives after receiving a blood transfusion. You may be allergic to the donor’s blood.