The problem of hives is also known as “Urticaria”. Main cause of hives is an allergic reaction to a substance. Hives are harmless and disappear with the passage of time. It may be difficult to identify the exact cause of hives.
Hives can also result from stress, excessive perspiration, infections, insect bites and so on. Swelling and itching are the two common symptoms of hives. Some of the home remedies for hives are mentioned below.
Home Remedies for Hives
You can add baking soda (1 cup) to a bucket of warm water and use this water for bathing to obtain relief from the itching resulting from hives.Cornstarch can also be added to the water for more effective results.
You can drink nettle tea to deal with the problem of hives. In case it is not possible to drink raw nettle tea, you can add honey or lemon to enhance the taste. Drinking licorice and chamomile tea can also help in reducing the pain and itching from hives.Intake of a tea prepared with burdock seeds, leaves and roots can also provide the desired results. It is important to consume any herbal tea 3 to 4 times in a day to obtain best results.
You can apply a cold compress prepared by soaking a paper towel in cold water on the affected area to reduce the swelling resulting from hives. Paper towel should be removed only after 20 – 25 minutes. This remedy can be used after every 4 – 5 hours to obtain quick results.
You can eat parsley in raw form (3 teaspoons) or drink parsley juice to treat the problem of hives. Parsley juice can be mixed with carrot juice to enhance the taste.
You can boil crushed amaranth seeds (2 teaspoons) in water (3 cups) for a period of 15 – 20 minutes and place a cotton cloth soaked in this water on the affected area to treat the symptoms of hives.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is one of the most commonly used home remedies for hives. You can extract fresh gel from the aloe vera plant and apply it on the affected area to deal with the problem of hives.
Oatmeal bath can also provide relief from the itching and pain resulting from hives. This remedy can be easily prepared by adding a pack of oatmeal to the bathing water (warm). Oatmeal soaked in warm water can also be applied on the affected area to treat hives.
You can also apply lavender or sandalwood oil directly on the affected area to treat the problem of hives. Intake of lemon oil (2 – 3 drops) mixed in water (1 cup) can also help in the treatment of various symptoms of hives.
Rose Water with Vinegar
You can mix rose water and vinegar and apply this mixture on the affected area to cure the problem of hives. This remedy may provide immediate relief from the itching.
Application of calamine lotion on the affected area can also help in reducing the itching and pain from hives.