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Urticaria, commonly known as hives, is a condition that affects about 20 per cent of the population at some time. If you have ever suffered with skin that erupts into red welts, often with severe itching, you know how distressing this type of condition can be. And how much it can affect your life.

Hives may come in two different forms – the ACUTE, which can last from a few hours to less than six weeks, and the CHRONIC, which lasts for longer than six weeks. The welts may disappear and then reappear after a short time. Scratching these hives will make them worse, so it is important to avoid this natural tendency.

In many cases, no apparent cause is found for hives even after intensive investigation by a specialist may be required.

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Symptoms

Symptoms of urticaria are caused by histamine release from mast cells that exist deep within the skin. Common symptoms include:

• Sudden onset

• Red or skin colored welts that resemble mosquito bites

• Welts change quickly re: size, shape, & location

• Itching

• Welts commonly last about 24 hours

• Angioedema - swelling of lips, face, and tongue

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Causes

 

The most common skin allergy triggers that cause hives include:

• Medication such as antibiotics, codeine, penicillin, sulfa, anticonvulsant drugs, phenobarbital, and aspirin

• Foods like shellfish, nuts, tomatoes, soy, chocolate, and berries

• Pollen

• Cat dander

• Insect bites such as bee ans wasp stings

Other causes of hives include: emotional stress, bacterial - viral - fungal infections, hepatitis B, parasitic worms, food additives, plants, cold temperatures, heat, sweating, and dermatographism (irritation from pressure or tight fitting clothes).

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Home Remedies

Heat aggravates the skin condition affected by hives. So if it necessary to go in direct sunlight you should better cover the entire hives rash as maximum as possible.

Swimming in chlorinated water may make the situation better as chlorinated water may cure the rashes almost instantly. For the swimming known persons it is an easy to do home remedy that helps to cure the problem effectively and instantly. (visitor entry - April 27th, 2009) Please be careful when trying these procedures.

Rose-Water and Vinegar: The use of rose-water in vinegar is useful when there is severe itching on the eruption. This will give immediate relief.

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Herbal Remedies

Turmeric acts as a strong antiseptic. 1 tesaspoon with one cup of water daily.

Application of Aloe Vera helps to cure the problem of hives; if fresh extract from aloe plant is not available, any aloe based cream can serve the purpose. This home remedy not only reduces the itching problem but also helps to heal the skin disease comparatively in faster pace.

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Wellness Program

Avoid the substances that trigger hives. If you know in advance that you will be exposed to a trigger, a preventive dose of antihistamine can prevent or minimize the hives.

Don't wear tight-fitting clothing and avoid hot baths or showers just after an episode of hives.

Be moderate in your intake of sweets, chocolate, starches and greasy food and food to which you might be sensitive. If you break out into hives the day after you eat fish or prawns or in bumps when you've indulged in an orgy or chocolate, you know which food to restrict in your diet.

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