Treat Hives Outbreak Naturally

Dec. 27, 2017; by Briana McDonald Staff Writer ( Recently one of my children started breaking out in Hives, otherwise known as Urticaria, which are red bumps that suddenly appear on the surface of the skin. We changed nothing in his diet, nothing with his wash or shampoo, and nothing with our household cleaning products. Since this was the first time anything like this had ever happened with one of my children I freaked out and begin researching what to do. The rash was so bad across his chest I almost considered taking him into the ER to get it looked at thinking he could have gotten into something extremely toxic. After trying a few things at home the hives started to dissipate along with my anxieties and I decided I would write an article about how to treat hives outbreak naturally for those of us moms who have no idea what to do and need a plan in such an event.

What Causes Hives? 
Most cases of hives are caused by an allergic reaction and can break out within minutes of exposure to an allergen. Some allergens include:
  • food allergies to shellfish, tree nuts, milk, and some fruits
  • medications such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen
  • (ironically) allergy shots
  • pets and other animals
  • pollen
  • insect bites and stings
During an allergic reaction high levels of histamine and chemical messengers are released to the skin causing the blood vessels to open up which will result in the red welts with pain, swelling, and itching. Although hives can result from allergies, they can also develop from:

  • extreme cold or sun exposure
  • pressure on the skin
  • infections
  • viruses
  • over-exercise
  • stress or anxiety
  • contact with chemicals
  • auto immune disorders
One way a parent can determine if the outbreak is an alergic reaction or not is by doing a “wheal and flare” test by dragging a fingernail over the affected area and if you see a brighter redness, the “flare”, then it is an allergic reaction. (1)
Treat Hives Outbreak Naturally 
Without further or do, lets look at some natural treatment options for hives:
  1. Take a cool bath or apply a cold compress – this will help shrink the blood vessels and block further release of histamine which creates the swelling, itchiness, and pain. Add oatmeal to bathwater and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. (2)
  2. In a small cup add a few drops of water to baking soda to form a paste and spread the paste on the hives to relieve the itching and stop irritation. (3)
  3. Dab welts with witch hazel which will also help to shrink blood vessels and stop or slow production of histamines.
  4. Reduce Stress with some simple breathing techniques. 10 deep breaths in and out through the nose is an easy and effective way to relax, and using visualization tools such as imagining the stress leaving your body with every exhale helps this process. Stress will throw off your immune system so be sure to practice some form of stress reduction every day by carving out some time for just you.
  5. Some supplements that can help are quercetin and evening primrose which are natural antihistamines and a natural anti-inflammatory.
  6. Lavender oil drops can be added to bathwater as well to help ease inflammation and promote calmness which lavender is best known for (this is what I did for my little one and it worked like a charm)
  7. Colloidal Silver should be sprayed topically several times per day until healed as it will reduce chances of infection that often develops from scratching.



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