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Urticaria or hives is a relatively common form of allergic reaction that causes raised red skin welts that range upwards from 5 mm (about a 1/4 inch) in diameter, itch severely, and often have a pale border. Urticaria is caused by direct contact with an allergenic substance (generally a plant, such as poison ivy), or an immune response to food or some other allergen. Hives can also be caused by stress. Urticaria is also known as nettle rash or uredo.

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  • Antihistamines, chlorphenira, or diphenhydramine are used to ease attacks.
  • Candida Albicans may be related to chronic hives going to a yeast free diet may help.
  • If you have a severe case a doctor may prescribe medications to help control your outbreaks.
  • May want to have a allergens test to see if you have any outbreaks after you have eaten or have taken any medications.

  • Bathing in cornstarch, colloidal oatmeal, or baking soda in cool water can help ease some symptoms.
  • Contact your doctor if hives last for more than 6 weeks.
  • Cool showers may keep hives from spreading.
  • Hives in the throat or mouth may cause difficulty breathing if swelling occurs. Get emergency help right away. Have your doctor check you for more serious problems like anaphylaxis.
  • Homeopathic remedies such as Bovista, Cantharis, and Rhus toxicodendron may help relieve hives symptoms.
  • Loose-fitting clothes are recommended.
  • Only hypoallergenic skin care products are acceptable.
  • Only take medications that have been prescribed for you. This applies to aspirin, cough syrup, laxatives, pain killers, antacids, and sedatives as well.
  • Stay away from alcohol, processed foods, dairy products, chicken, eggs, nuts, and excessive sugar, cholesterol, and saturated fats.
  • Sunscreen can help control hives that break out after sun exposure.
  • Try to control hives through natural means instead of taking prednisone or other steroids. Nettle is a good herb to start with.

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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa, Bilberry Extract, Cat's Claw, Chamomile, Echinacea, Ginseng, Licorice, Nettle, Sarsaparilla, and Yellow Dock
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: These ten herbs contain properties for soothing and aiding the hives. Alfalfa is a blood purifier that cleanses the blood and rids the body of toxins.
Cautions: Do not use Chamomile for extended periods of time and if allergic to ragweed, do not use at all. Licorice and ginseng is not to be used if you have high blood pressure. Not to be used on a daily basis for more than seven days at a time.

Aloe vera
Type: External
Purposes: Has soothing qualities that can be applied to the affected area.

Black Nightshade Leaves
Type: External
Purposes: Make a poultice with this herb by doing the following: Wash and boil the leaves in water, place them on a towel and apply this poultice to the affected area.
Cautions: This herb is not to be taken internally and make sure you don't touch your eyes with this on you hands.

Red Alder Tree Leaves and Bark
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Make into a strong tea, apply it topically to the affected area and also take two tsp. Internally. Repeat this procedure several time daily until the hives are gone. Tannin is an astringent contained in this herb.