Hives is a body condition where the skin develops a rash allergy, which consists of raised, itchy welts that are circular and occur in groups. They mostly affect the arms, legs, throat and trunk. They are caused by products that have benzoyl peroxide, medication, food, pollen, cat dander or insect bites. Other causes of hives are emotional stress, cold temperatures, sweating, heat or irritation from tight clothes. Some of the common symptoms are itching, red welts, swelling or face, lips and tongue. The most common form of hives treatment is comfort to this condition which is both short-lived and minor.
Several home remedies are effective for hives treatment. They offer great comfort and relief for this condition. The itchy skin can be soothed by trying cold compresses, cool showers or calamine lotions. In cases where a person suffers from these rashes on most parts of the body, soaking in a cool bath can be of great comfort. Rubbing a mixture of baking soda and water relieves itching and the paste is especially helpful where the condition has been caused by stings from insects. Fingernails should remain trimmed to avoid scratching the hives and making the condition even worse. Stress is known to worsen hives; therefore, a person suffering from this condition should get rid of tension and try to relax through music, a video, reading a book, meditation or yoga.
When seeking hives treatment most patients are advised by their doctors to try and identify the allergy or substance causing the reaction and avoid products made from benzoyl peroxide which lead to irritation, scaly eruptions, peeling, dryness and stinging. They should instead use products that have gentle formulas such as those made with Sensicleare, salicylic acid and retextra. The main medications that doctors use in hives treatment are antihistamines, which include benedryl, seldane, atarax and tagament. Corticosteroids are used in cases that are more severe while epinephrine is injected in patients whose lives are threatened. The good news is that most cases of chronic hives clear up eventually with or without treatment.