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Hives Causes and Cures

One often serious skin condition is hives. Hives is a problem for over half the population at one time or another. Hives is a condition that is easily detected. Hives are those raised blotchy, itchy spots on the skin that make you feel miserable. Let's take a closer look at symptoms, causes, and ways to treat hives.

Hives Symptoms

Hives can appear just about anywhere on the body, but research shows that the most common areas for hives are on the face, arms, legs, and trunk of the body. Hives usually have a pinkish to red tone and might be small as a tiny scratch or spread across an entire section of skin. Many experience a very uncomfortable itch across the infected area along with a watery discharge. Hives usually last a few days and then disappears, but there are a few severe cases where hives might last several weeks or more.

Hives Causes

Hives are triggered during an allergic reaction to something in the environment. Research shows that the allergic reaction causes skin cells to trigger a release of histamine into the blood system causing the blood vessels to leak. The trigger might be food, chemicals, even too much sunlight.

Hives Treatment

Treating hives is not a big issue. There are many medical and home remedies that successfully treat hives. Seek treatment from your dermatologist if you think that you are suffering with a hives outbreak. Dermatologists usually talk to the patient about treating their hives with antihistamines like Claritin or Allegra. Dermatologists might also prescribe an oral corticosteroid for severe hives. The medication helps lessen the swelling, itching, and redness. Hydro-cortisone cream or itch cream is also another treatment option. The cream stops the itch, redness, and heals the skin.

Home Remedies

Some find relief by treating hives with their own special brand of home remedies. Actually, many home remedies are very effective at treating milder hives attacks. One treatment is to take a cold shower. The cool water helps to reduce the itching and swelling. Another remedy is to run an ice cube over the hives rash. The ice-cube also cools the rash and stops itching. Another that is used treating hives is to rub a drop or two of Vitamin E oil on the hives rash. The Vitamin E soothes the rash and helps it heal.


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