Hives are also known as urticaria. These hives are produced when there is a release of chemical mediators called histamine. These are released from the mast cells and mainly found in the skin. It causes swelling, itching, redness of the skin. This is seen as histamine causes fluid to leak from capillary blood vessels which accumulates under the skin.
These are usually harmless but rarely can be serious allergic reactions. Hives can be either acute or chronic allergic reactions. In acute conditions they disappear after few hours while in chronic conditions they can retain for more than 8 hours.
Certain triggering factors which cause hives could be due to insect bite, certain chemicals or irritants, medications such as – antibiotics, analgesics, extreme temperature – hot or cold [rare], food substances like peanuts, milk, strawberries etc. Hives occur usually in batches on the face, hands, legs, fingers, toes. These allergic reactions can be treated by utilizing the home remedies.
Natural Ways To Cure Hives
Cold Water Sponge Or Bath
Take a bath in cold water or use sponging technique – i.e, to wet a soft cloth in the cold water and keep it in the affected part for 10 minutes.
This cold water when applied on the affected area, inhibits the release of histamine from the mast cells and thereby helps in decreasing the release of fluid from the capillary blood vessels, which is later mediated by histamine. This is the simplest way to heal hives.
Asafoetida is commonly known as hing, which has many properties like stimulant, anti-epileptic, emmenagogue, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti inflammatory. By its anti-inflammatory action it helps in inhibiting the release of the cytokines from the cells and helps in relieving allergic rashes. Mix 1/4th teaspoon of the powder in four tablespoons of warm castor oil and apply the mixture directly over the affected area.
Wash Burnt Area With Basil Tea
Basil contains caffenic acid and has anti histaminic, anti allergen property which will make the skin to smooth and relieve itching and burning sensation.
To make basil tea, put one tea spoon of the dried leaves with one 3 cups of water and boil the water. Cover the jar and allow the tea to cool by refrigerating it, and wash the skin with the cooled tea water for allergic skin reactions.
Baking Soda Effect
Baking soda is alkaline in nature due to this property it counter acts the acidic property and gets rid of many such irritants. It relieves from the itching and gives smoothening effect until the rashes or allergy is disappeared. Mix ½ tea spoon of the baking soda with little water and rub the paste to the affected part after through washing, and do not apply it on the bruised area.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is rich in many medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti spasmodic ,anti microbial properties. Because of its smoothening and moisturizing effect it helps in relieving the itchy and burning sensation.
Apply Aloe vera gel extracted directly from the plant after removing the outer layer of the leaf. Apply this gel 2-3 times in a day that will help in reducing the allergic reactions of burns.