A type of skin rash, hives or urticaria is characterized by the sudden appearance of skin welts or itchy red bumps. This skin condition can be triggered by innumerable factors including an allergic reaction to food, medicines, emotional stress, heat and / or insect bites (to name a few). The skin rash which develops due to urticaria normally lasts for twenty four to forty eight hours.
One in six people are likely to suffer from urticaria or hives at least once in their life time. While people of all ages and both sexes can suffer from this skin condition, it has been observed that some people, particularly those who suffer from chronic hay fever, are more likely to suffer from hives. There are numerous home remedies to treat hives safely. Some soothing home remedies for this common skin problem are listed below.
Home Remedies For Hives
1. Cold Compress
This is the most popular topical treatment option available for hives or urticaria. A cold compress which is applied every couple of hours or so can reduce the swelling and pain due to hives. Applying a cold compress can shrink blood vessels and prevent further release of histamines into the blood stream.
Ice Cubes, a thick hand towel
How To Use
Wrap three to four ice cubes in a thick hand towel. Tie the ends of the hand towel tightly using a ribbon or a length of sturdy string. Now place the cold compress directly over the skin welts. Repeat this home remedy, four to five times a day to get immense relief from the severe itching and intense pain due to hives.
2. Baking Soda
This is an age old home remedy to treat hives. Applying a thick paste of baking soda on the skin welts can reduce the swelling as well as ease the itching sensation. Furthermore, applying baking soda on the skin can prevent further welts from appearing. For best results you should apply baking soda on the skin as soon as the first welts start to appear.
Baking soda, cold water
How To Use
Mix one heaped teaspoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of cold water to form a thick paste. Apply the baking soda paste liberally on the skin welts. Allow the baking soda to remain on the welts for fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove the excess baking soda paste with a wet cloth.
3. Brown Sugar And Apple Cider Vinegar Mix
This is a very popular Chinese home remedy for treating hives. Brown sugar can be used as topical treatment to relive the itching and pain due to hives. Light brown sugar or dark brown sugar will work equally well to soothe this common skin disorder. Organic apple cider vinegar possesses powerful antiseptic and anti-microbial properties.
Light brown sugar / Dark brown sugar, ginger, vinegar
How To Make
To prepare this highly effective home remedy for treating hives, take three quarter cups of organic apple cider vinegar. Heat the apple cider vinegar slowly. Add a quarter cup of light brown sugar/ dark brown sugar and one teaspoon of freshly grated root ginger to the boiling vinegar.
Mix the ingredients well and continue to boil the vinegar solution for several minutes till it reduces to half its original amount. Switch off the heat source and allow the vinegar, brown sugar and ginger mix to cool nicely. Now apply this viscous mixture liberally all over the skin welts. Allow the mixture to remain on the skin welts for twenty to twenty five minutes and then wash the excess mixture off with cool water.
Cornstarch which is basically the starch that is derived from the corn grain is an excellent home remedy to soothe highly irritated skin. Lightly dusting the skin welts with cornstarch can help to ease the itching and inflammation caused by hives. However, you should only lightly dust the skin with cornstarch and not rub the corn starch into the skin welts as it will only aggravate this skin problem.
Cornstarch, clean Powder puff
How To Use
Take one teaspoon of organic corn starch in a clean plate. Dip a clean powder puff in the corn starch. Now use the powder puff to lightly dust the skin welts with cornstarch powder. Wait for a couple of minutes and then dust the welts with cornstarch once gain. You can repeat this home remedy every time the feeling of itchiness worsens.
5. Olive Oil And Grape seed Oil Blend
People who have excessively dry skin are likely to suffer from chronic hives. The best home remedy to treat hives caused by excessively dry skin is organic olive oil. Massaging the skin with pure olive oil will lock the moisture in and control the problem of extreme dryness of the skin. The anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties of grape seed oil can keep common allergic skin disorders like hives at bay.
Organic olive oil, grape seed oil, cotton ball
How To Prepare
Take three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a clean glass bowl. To the virgin olive oil, add three to four drops of organic grape seed oil. Blend the oil well. Dip a cotton ball in the oil blend. Squeeze out the excess oil. Now gently apply the olive oil and grape seed oil blend on the skin welts. Allow the oil blend to remain on the skin welts for ten to fifteen minutes. Wash off the excess oil with luke warm water.
6. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel has been used for centuries to treat various skin disorders including hives. The antimicrobial properties and medicinal constituents of aloe vera gel can help to control the itching and inflammation caused by hives. Pure aloe vera gel can be applied on the skin welts safely without causing any unpleasant side effects.
Organic aloe vera gel, cotton ball
How To Use
Take organic aloe vera gel in a clean glass bowl. Dip a clean cotton ball in pure aloe vera gel. Now liberally apply the aloe vera gel on the skin welts. Allow the skin to soak up the aloe vera gel for fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove the excess aloe vera gel with a clean tissue.
7. Green Tea
Green tea has several potent healing properties. Green tea can help to relive the itching and the inflammation due to hives. The antihistamines in green tea can help to negate the unpleasant effects of this common skin disorder. You can take green tea internally or you can apply freshly brewed green tea directly on the skin welts.
Green tea bags, hot water, cotton ball
How To Make
Place a bag of green tea in a cup of boiling hot water. Allow the green tea bag to remain in the hot water for eight to ten minutes. Now discard the green tea bag and allow the freshly brewed tea to cool nicely. Dip a cotton ball in the green tea and apply it generously on the skin welts. The skin welts will disappear in just a few hours time.