Those annoying little red welts on your skin that just can’t stop itching and when scratched grow before your eyes forming large plaques! Of course, we are talking about hives. Hives, or urticaria, as they are also called, is a temporary or chronic reaction to an allergen. Hives can be quite annoying and painful and there are many reasons for the outbreak of urticaria on your skin but the outcome is always the same: the body reacts to the triggers by releasing histamine into the skin.
Finding relief for hives can be fairly simple if you know what your triggers are, but even when you avoid the allergens you can still end up with hives simply because you don’t know what all of your triggers are. Successful treatment of hives requires proper identification of the condition as well as the cause, and most commonly, the usual remedies such as antihistamines and corticosteroids do relieve the symptoms, but sometimes, that is just not enough.
If you can’t stop scratching and if the burning and stinging sensations throw you off track and prevent you from enjoying your day, note down some of these remedies that can soothe and stop your hives from burning and itching. We hear your scratches and we are here to help!
If you suffer from an outbreak of hives and if they itch and burn, you should consider taking some of these steps to soothe and stop the burning sensation.
Cool water can definitely help in the soothing of the burning sensation and can calm the itching skin. When hives itch, you have a feeling of heat, and submerging in cool water or applying it to the affected area can definitely help in short terms.
Topical creams are a fairly common treatment option for soothing the burning. They can be made of organic components and completely safe for your sensitive skin so try giving them a go. Topical creams are designed to soothe the annoying burning and stinging sensation caused by the hives, and in most cases, they can actually stop the feeling altogether.
Cold packs can be an option as well. Try applying an ice pack, a bag of ice, or a bag of frozen vegetables (usually peas work the best) wrapped in thin cloth to the affected area for about 10 minutes several times a day to soothe the burning and make life easier for you.
Therapeutic bathing can also help alleviate the feeling of burning and stinging. Try adding apple cider vinegar or oatmeal to your bath. Two cups of apple cider vinegar should do the trick. As for oatmeal baths, you can buy commercially produced oatmeal bath packets, however, you can save up some dollars by simply preparing the bath yourself. Take a cheesecloth or a nylon stocking and wrap two cups of oatmeal in it. Suspend it over the water tap allowing the ingredients to infuse into your bath water. Another option is to blend the oatmeal in a food processor or a blender to make a fine powder which you can simply dissolve in the bath water.
Baking soda can work wonders for hives! Try dissolving one teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda in 120ml of water and apply to the affected area in abundance. Baking soda has many soothing properties and you should consider giving it a go.
Oatmeal poultice can also help with the pesky burning of those red welts. Simply combine two tablespoons of cornstarch and two cups of oatmeal with water to form a paste and apply to the skin. Leave the poultice on for 15 to 30 minutes. The stinging and burning should go away, or at least be soothed.
Tea bag poultice can soothe the inflammation of the skin caused by hives. Most effective tea is the black tea. Boil a ¼ cup of water per tea bag and steep for about 8 minutes. Let the tea dry and cool a bit. Apply the tea bag poultice to the affected areas for about 15-20 minutes several times a day and be careful not to burn the skin with hot tea bags!
Calamine lotion and witch hazel can help shrink the blood vessels so they stop leaking so much histamine. This can definitely help with the burning and itching.
Brown sugar and fresh ginger are a staple in every kitchen so why not try using them to soothe the burning as well? Boil one-quarter cup brown sugar and one tablespoon of fresh ginger in a three-quarters cup of vinegar for a few minutes. Take a small amount of this concoction and mix it with warm water and apply to the affected area several times a day.
Nettle is also quite effective when it comes to hives. You can take it in the form of capsules or simply pick a handful or two of the weed and steam it.
Cream of tartar is also one of the common kitchen items you probably have but would never
dream of using for hives. Try making a paste by adding a few drops of water to it until you get the right
consistency and spread on your hives to soothe the itching