Hives, better known as 'Urticaria', is actually a rash on the body. The first sign of hives is raised and pinkish or flesh colored bumps on the affected part. Usually, the infected area itches and its diameter might range from a few millimeters to several inches. The edge of each bump of wheals is defined. Another symptom is that the shape and appearance of the infected area keep on changing. If you observe that the center turns white after you press the wheal, then it is most probably Urticaria.
What are the causes of hives?
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The causes of hives vary from person to person. Besides the factors mentioned above, various other causes of Urticaria exist as well. Some of them include medications, intestinal parasites, thyroid problems, lymphoma, medications like penicillin, aspirin, etc., latex, dust mites, pollen, etc. If the symptoms do not go away even after a couple of days, then you must get them observed and tested by a dermatologist.
Removing foods that trigger the problem from the daily diet proves beneficial in getting rid of hives.
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Foods that contain salicylates acts as a trigger in some cases. Some of the foods with this compound include raspberries, tomatoes, spices, tea, orange juice, etc. In the same manner, foods having vasoactive amines cause a person's body to release histamines, and that might lead to hives. Foods containing these chemicals are shellfish, pineapple, tomatoes, chocolate, strawberries, etc. Some other common allergens are tree nuts, cheese, eggs, milk. Alcohol and caffeine also trigger hives in some people. Maintaining a food diary for identifying the problem causing foods is a must before making any change in diet.
Soothing the affected person s irritated skin with cool compresses is not helpful in this matter.
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This remedy helps in reducing the itching and thus assists you not to scratch further. When the itching seems to be intolerable, place a wet cloth over your skin. You may leave it until the itching soothes. Adding any of the anti-itching remedies including uncooked oatmeal, baking soda, and colloidal oatmeal to your bath can also relieve the irritation of itching due to hives. Applying an ice pack is also useful, but you must wrap the ice cubes in a clean towel as a direct application of ice onto your skin maximizes the risk of frostbite.
Reducing stress is helpful in getting rid of hives.
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Some individuals tend to break out in hives while under excessive stress. Thus, eliminating or managing stress might make the hives disappear. You may try deep breathing, meditation, visualizing soothing and calming images, etc. for reducing stress. Regular exercise is also effective in improving your physical health, lifting and relaxing your mood. You must seek suggestions from your physician before starting any exercise.