Urticaria or hives are red, raised lesions that occur anywhere on the body, usually around the trunk, hands and legs. They appear as small round rings or large patches that changes shape, may itch and be surrounded by a red flare. They can be acute or chronic, with acute almost always being an allergic reaction. It is often due to unknown causes, ranging from chronic irritation to parasitic infection to temperatures to water types.
Homeopathy treats diseases as a whole, and similarly, when treating urticaria tries to identify associated symptoms and thereby treat the cause also.
After a detailed discussion about predisposition and associated symptoms, a customized remedy will be prescribed, which may include one of the following common homeopathic remedies:
What is urticaria?
Urticaria is a vascular reaction of the skin affecting the dermis and epidermis layer of the skin characterized by weals (hives) or angioedema (swelling) or both and appears as well circumscribed raised areas of erythema and edema with much itching.
Urticaria may be acute (< 6 weeks duration, often gone within hours to days) or chronic (> 6 weeks duration, with daily or episodic weals).
Urticaria usually occurs following an infection or as a result of an allergic reaction to any medicine, insect bite, food. Other triggering factors for urticaria include stress, cold temperature, hay fever, asthma, heat, perspiration, scratching etc. Sometimes there is no noticeable triggering factor seen.
Symptoms & causes -
Diagnosis & treatment -
Anti allergic drugs are usually given to suppress the urticaria along with steroids which have side effects of their own.
Homeopathic management -
Homoeopathy has great results in treatment of urticaria. Medicines like apis, sulphur, natrum mur, urtica urens etc are few medicines which are effective in treatment of urticaria depending on symptom similarity of the patient and the medicine.
Do’s and don’ts -
The body’s reacts to anything suspicious by developing an allergic reaction. Some of the common substances inducing this reaction include certain food substances, pollen, insect bites and certain metals. This body recognises these suspicious substances as antigens and produces what is known as antibodies. These produce various allergic reactions in the body ranging from something as minor as a skin rash to something drastically fatal as respiratory distress and even death.
Causes: Angioedema is usually caused by one of the following:
Risk factors: Though hives usually develop without any warning signs, the following are some risk factors for developing angioedema.
Non-medical treatment including loose clothing, cool compresses, and copiously moisturizing to reduce dryness and itching. This is usually sufficient in the majority of the cases.
Medical: Antihistamines like cetirizine and loratadine are the next line of treatment. Very severe cases may require steroids like prednisone.