Do hives dry up when they’re healing? It’s a good question! I’m glad you asked it. Some people say yes, some say it depends on the person but I’ll give you my story and how dried up scabs saved my life.
There is a myth floating around on the internet that dry skin means an allergy is healing. I was once lamenting on Facebook how my legs were so dry and couldn’t figure out why. Then someone came along and said it meant my leg hives were healing. It made me feel good inside and out for about 3 seconds before I realized it made no scientific or medical sense.
You might have heard that hives dry up when healing. But is that true?
The answer is yes and no, but let’s start with the no. Hives don’t dry up when they’re healing. You may have heard this from someone who just didn’t know what they were talking about, or who was trying to scare you into not scratching at your hives because they thought it would make them worse. (It won’t.)
If you have hives and are wondering if they’re going away or not, here’s what to look for:
If you can’t see them anymore, that’s a good sign that they’re going away. The reason they’re invisible is that they’ve healed over.
If the hives are still visible but they’ve changed colour (usually lighter or darker), then those hives are still active and haven’t yet healed over or gone away.
In this case, it may be helpful to patch test one of these hives with an antihistamine cream like hydrocortisone or calamine lotion just to make sure there aren’t any hidden allergens in your skincare products or clothing that could be causing these new hives to pop up again!
While we can’t guarantee that your hives will dry up, we can tell you that it’s not uncommon for them to do so. The best way to find out if your hives are going away is to keep a close eye on them.
If the hive is small and you can see a little bit of it without squeezing, then it’s likely that the hive is drying up. If the hive is large, however, and there is still some pus or other discharge from it, then this isn’t likely to happen.
You’ll also notice that when your hives have dried up, they’ll stop itching as much and this is another good indicator that they’re healing. If your hives are itching less than they were before you started treatment, then they should be drying up as well.
But if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction, then you know that when your body is in the process of healing after being exposed to something it’s allergic to, it will produce more antibodies and those antibodies are what cause hives.
So while a single hive might not go away after a few days, once your body has had a chance to produce enough antibodies to fight off whatever is causing your reaction, you’ll probably see a few new ones pop up there too!