Hives, also known as urticaria, is a common skin condition that causes itchy red bumps to appear on the skin. It can be caused by an allergic reaction or by other factors.
Hives are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days, but they can be extremely uncomfortable. Treatment for hives depends on the cause of your symptoms and how severe they are.
Treatment at Home
Hives, formally known as urticaria or nettle rash are a big itchy skin reaction that takes place on your body. It can affect anyone who comes in contact with pollen and food particles. If left untreated the hives can spread beyond the area where the attack started which can produce a life-threatening condition, i.e. anaphylaxis.
If you have mild hives, there are some things you can do at home to make them go away faster:
- Take an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Zyrtec
- Apply ice packs to your skin to reduce inflammation and itching
- Use moisturizers with aloe vera gel or calamine lotion to help soothe your skin
- Wash your skin with cold water every few hours to reduce swelling.
- Drink plenty of fluids (water, juice), even if you don’t feel like eating much because dehydration can worsen your symptoms too!
The most common cause of hives is an allergy to something in your environment.
Most often this is a food allergy (like nuts or shellfish), but it can also be a reaction to a certain product that contains an ingredient you’re allergic to (like soap or laundry detergent).
You may also have an allergic reaction to something that touches your skin, like latex or perfume.
If you think you’ve been exposed to something that could be causing your hives, stop using it and see if the hives go away. If they do, then you know what caused them and how to avoid it in the future!