Hives or Urticaria is the reaction of the immune system in response to allergens by releasing a protein called histamine in the bloodstream. This causes tiny blood capillaries to swell and leak plasma which result in the skin being covered in red, itchy rashes of varying shapes and sizes. They can be larger and interconnected, forming welts. Sometimes the welts can merge together forming plaques which can be as large as a plate in size! Appearance of hives vary depending on the person and cause.
Hives are not contagious and can appear and disappear quickly in one area of the body only to resurface in another and take many days or weeks to recover. They can come with itchy or stinging or burning sensation.
Allergic Angioedema which is a deeper swelling beneath the skin can sometimes be painful. The rashes appear on the face, body, hands and feet, around the eyes, lips and sometimes in the groin area of males.
Seek medical attention if it is accompanied by breathing difficulty. This may signal severe allergic reaction which can potentially be life threatening. When hives become chronic, a patient will likely be referred to a dermatologist and/or an allergy specialist for further investigation.
Causes of Hives
Hives are typically attributed to an allergic reaction to food or medication. When your body is allergic to something, it can release chemicals that develop hives on your skin. Some common allergens include:
- Food allergies to shellfish, nuts, milk, and fruit
- Medications eg. antibiotics and drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Allergy shots
- Pets and other animals
- Insect bites and stings
Other times a hives breakout may have nothing to do with allergies such as:
- Stress or anxiety
- Excessive perspiration
- Illness eg. autoimmune diseases, leukemia
- Extreme cold or heat
- Contact with chemicals
- Pressure or discomfort on skin
Thankfully, hives are common but mostly not serious. Simple natural home or over the counter remedies can calm a hives outbreak quite quickly and inexpensively.
- Stay Calm, Be Patient and Don’t Irritate The Condition. Mild hives can disappear as quickly as it appears, in a matter of minutes to hours. Scratching, taking hot baths can aggravate the itch and swelling.
- Investigate and Address Allergies. Make a list of suspect items which may have caused the allergic reactions, keep it handy and updated to prevent recurrence. It can be a pet, food, clothing, body care products or chemical contact.
- Soothe and Arrest the Inflammation. Cool compress or shower is recommended for quick relief. Applying natural Bio-Active Emu Oil topically can help to soothe itchy skin caused by the reaction. Prime suspects are typically items that contain synthetic coloring, fragrances or harsh chemicals, additives or preservatives.
- Reduce Stress. Your body sends a signal to notify you to chill out whenever there’s a overload. Employ stress busters like exercise, yoga, meditation or adopting a balanced sleep, work and personal time routine.
- Supplement to Fortify & Support. Eat healthy, clean and natural as much as possible. Keep away from inflammatory foods. Find out more about inflammation here.
Emu Tracks Bio-Active Emu Oil is a natural relief for hives. Topical application of Bio-Active helps by targeting inflammation as it is a potent anti-inflammatory that soothes itch and heals irritated skin rashes. Oral supplementation of Emu Oil capsules reduces inflammation and supports the immune system since Emu Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 & 9 as well as Vitamins A,D,E & F.