Updated: October 12, 2019
Hives are a red, raised, itchy skin rash that appear suddenly, either as a result of the reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons.
It is also known as urticaria, welts, weals, or nettle rash. Usually these causes itching, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, or ears. Hives can change size rapidly and move around, disappearing in one place and reappearing in other places, and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques. They can last for hours, or up to one day before fading.
Ordinary hives flare up suddenly. Sometimes hives are developed by direct physical stimulation by environmental forces like heat, cold, and sunlight. When an allergic reaction occurs, the body releases a protein called histamine. The tiny blood vessels known as capillaries leak fluid when histamine is released. The fluid accumulates in the skin and causes a rash.
It is not contagious and typically are not associated with long-term or serious complications. Some simple natural remedies to get relief from the symptoms include:
Cold compresses is suggested as the best topical natural remedy for hives. Cold temperature helps shrink the blood vessels and block further release of histamine. This in turn alleviates swelling, inflammation and itching.
Wrap some ice cubes in a cloth and place it over the affected skin for 10 minutes at a time. This can be done three to four times a day.
You can also take a cool bath or shower as needed to calm skin inflamed by hives. But,Never put ice directly on the skin.
Baking soda is another recommended remedy for hives because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It help reduce inflammation as well as itching.
You can add half to one cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with warm water and mix it in well. Then soak in this water for 20 to 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you can put two tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl and add enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste on the affected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
You can use either of these remedies once daily or as needed.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best remedy for hives. Its antihistamine properties will help relieve inflammation quickly and regulate immune system response of the body. It also plays a key role in restoring your overall skin health.
You can add two cups of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub filled with warm water and soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes once daily.
Alternatively, apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water can be diluted to wash the affected skin two or three times a day.
You can also mix one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink this three times daily. A little lemon juice and honey can be added to it to improve the taste. Follow any of these remedies daily until your condition improves.
Oatmeal works very well for hives. Its anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties help provide relief from itching and help your skin heal quickly.
You can mix one cup of baking soda and two cups of ground oatmeal and add this mixture to a bathtub filled with warm water. Stir it well and soak in this water for at least 15 minutes. You can take this soothing bath twice daily until your condition improves.
Alternatively, mix together two cups of oatmeal, two tablespoons of cornstarch and enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste on the affected skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. You can do this remedy once daily or as needed.
Ginger can be used to treat hives as it has a strong anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. Basically, ginger targets the genes and enzymes that trigger inflammation, in turn improving circulation to the skin, relieving swelling and reducing itching.
To use ginger as a natural remedy you can boil one-quarter cup of brown sugar and one tablespoon of fresh ginger in three-quarters cup of vinegar for 10 to 15 minutes. Mix a little of this solution with warm water and dab on the affected skin several times a day.
Alternatively, peel the skin off a small piece of fresh ginger root and gently dab the ginger onto the inflamed skin. Do this two or three times daily. For an added cooling effect, you can chill the ginger root in the refrigerator before applying it.
You can also drink ginger tea or chew on fresh ginger pieces a few times daily.
Follow any of these remedies daily until your skin heals completely.
Aloe vera gel is another best natural remedy for hives. As it has an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it help reduce redness, inflammation and itching when applied topically. Also, it can stimulate immunity and helps eliminate inflammatory toxins when taken internally.
You can apply fresh aloe vera gel to the affected skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy several times a day until your skin heals completely.
You can also drink two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily to boost your immune system. This remedy should be avoided by children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Hives treatment may not be needed for mild hives. They can disappear on their own without any treatment if you wait for a short time.