Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

Urticaria
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - ALLERGIES - urticaria

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

General description & overview of Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

Urticaria (hives or nettle rash also) is characterized by sudden outbreak of intense itching and a rash of raised white or yellow areas surrounded by red inflammation. This allergic skin reaction normally lasts a few hours but may persist for longer durations. It is termed chronic if it lasts for more than six weeks.

The main culprit is histamine (from the white blood cells) which gets released into the skin once the allergen attacks. Histamine makes blood vessels leak fluid into the deepest layers of the skin.

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About 50% of people with chronic hives develop angioedema - a deeper, more serious form of hives involving the tissue below the surface of the skin.

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Symptoms of Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

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Rapidly spreading rash covering the entire body.

Natural remedies, medicines, treatments & cures for Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema). Individual wheals usually disappear within a few hours-not more than a day-but they may continue to reappear for days or weeks, or even longer, each time at a new site.

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Inflamed skin with extremely itchy white and yellow lumps or wheals. These welts are also known as wheal and flare lesions.

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Additional symptoms like fatigue, fever and nausea.

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In a condition called dermographia, whenever a person scratches the skin, hive-like wheals get raised. Histamine released causes only localized swelling. Generally, the afflicted person does not have any allergy and individual reaction disappears without treatment.

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In extreme cases, an anaphylactic reaction which is potentially fatal, due to swelling within the respiratory tract as breathing becomes difficult. Other symptoms under such extreme reactions include swelling around the lips, tongue and throat.

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Causes of Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

There are a wide variety of reasons for urticaria.

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Insect bites or stings are often the cause for urticaria

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Food allergies – milk, shellfish, onions, garlic, beans, potatoes, nuts, lemons, strawberries, eggs, chicken, cured meat, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, citrus fruits

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Medicines – aspirin and penicillin, Also foods containing salicylates – natural aspirin like compounds - like berries, nuts, dried fruits and certain spices.

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Certain food additives, specifically tartrazine (E102)-an orange-yellow food coloring and other colorants like azo dyes, certain flavorings like salicylates (natural aspirin like compounds), artificial sweeteners (aspartame), preservatives (benzoates, nitrites, sorbic acid), antioxidants (hydroxytoluene, sulfite, gallate), and emulsifiers/stabilizers (polysorbates, vegetable gums).

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Water, extreme heat (prickly heat rashes), extreme cold can all add up or start your misery

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Combination of food and sunlight 

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Contact with plants – buckwheat, primulas and stinging nettle

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Bacterial, viral and animal hair infections and some other infectious organisms (e.g., hepatitis B virus, Candida albicans, and streptococcal bacteria),

Alternative medicines, treatments, cures & remedies for Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema). Although uncommon, pollen is also attributed as a cause for hives.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

Herbs such as Quercitin act as a powerful anti-oxidant that boost immunity and improve circulation while Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) maintains eye heath and good vision. Homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb., Nat. mur and Kali mur. help to maintain skin, liver and nervous health and also promote healthy fluids in the body.

So effective are these ingredients that some times it becomes imperative to use them for stubborn cases like the ones due to medications, e.g. anti-cholesterol medications side effects.

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Quercitin is a well known flavonoid, usually found mostly in onions and apples and is considered to be a 'building block' for other flavonoids. Dietary flavonoids are important and powerful anti-oxidants found in fruits, vegetablesand herbs and can also support immunity, healthy blood vessels and circulation. Quercitin is known for its ability to maintain healthy histamine levels.

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iArsen alb. (15C) is a remedy with a wide variety of uses. Arsen alb. Has proved beneficial in maintaining skin and nervous system health, as well as in the maintenance of a healthy, clear respiratory system.

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Aloe ferox - For centuries this herb has been used topically for skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis. European sailors routinely used the sap to heal and protect their skin from the elements, rope burns, and salt water exposure. Modern research has verified the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial functions of Aloe ferox.

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Hamamelis virginianum (Witchhazel) - This is an excellent astringent herb with anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to treat itching, insect bites and stings, sunburn, minor burns, grazes, rashes and most skin irritations. Witchhazel also has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties that help to treat and prevent infections.

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Calendula officinalis (Marigold) - Its orange and gold colored flowers are rich in flavonoids, specifically carotenoid pigments, and triterpenoids, which give it its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is also a strong antiviral agent and also helps fight out certain parasites. Marigold has traditionally been used externally for treating insect bites, cuts and small wounds, cracked skin and sunburn.

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Lavendula officinalis (Lavender) - The essential oil of lavender’s purple flowers appearing on the spikes is rich in a lot of constituents having medicinal properties, mainly linalool, terpinene-4-ol and linalyl acetate. Lavender is a wonderful antiseptic and antibacterial and is widely used externally in the form of ointments and creams to relieve and soothe insect bites, burns and other minor skin infections.

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Vitamin E Oil - The main function of vitamin E is to maintain the integrity of the body's intracellular membrane by protecting its physical stability and providing a defense line against tissue damage caused by oxidation. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage in biological membranes. It acts as a co-enzyme in cellular membranes and serves as a scavenger for free radicals. Vitamin E maintains the integrity of the body's intracellular membrane, helps protect against heart disease and the development of cancers by enhancing immune function.

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Helpful dietary recommendations in Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

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Your diet should include fish, pulses and wheat germ, all of which supply niacin, a B vitamin which inhibits the release of histamine.

Herbal supplements, treatments & cures for Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema). Eating green leafy vegetables, carrots and orange fruits that contain beta carotene pigment, is helpful in relieving hives caused by exposure to sunlight.

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Although, high amounts of vitamin C and also vitamin B12, in the form of supplements are recommended for hives patients as vitamin C in theory restricts histamine release and vitamin B12 decreases the severity and frequency of hives, no authoritative evidence exists to support this theory.

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Bromelain is sometimes used to help reduce inflammation. You can take it with curcumin (Curcuma longa), the yellow pigment of turmeric, which may enhance its effects. Avoid bromelain if you are allergic to citrus.

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Foods most likely to trigger hives are shellfish, nuts, chocolate, fish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries and milk. It is you only who can find out the culprit and show it the door of your kitchen!

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Herbal tea – Peppermint, passion, valerian, catnip are some common herb teas which are nerve calming and have a sedative effect.

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A naturally occurring flavonoid, quercetin, is often prescribed before being exposed to the particular insect, you are allergic to. This lessens the severity of the allergic response. Quercetin supplements help if you have a history of an allergy to these particular insects like bees and wasps. Eating foods high in flavonoids (such as fruits and vegetables) on a regular basis also does the trick but the effects are more pronounced when supplements are taken. Vitamin C enhances the effects of quercetin.

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Dos & don'ts (precautionary measures) in Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

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Cold compresses or baths are one of the best temporary relief treatments for hives. Of course you should not have got hives from cold weather or water in the first place.

Homeopathic medicines & cures for Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema). Acupressure has been found to attain some success in the treatment of urticaria.

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Do not apply or take hot water bath as it will worsen the condition.

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Applying leaves and bark of red alder, brewed into a strong tea, locally on the affected part repeatedly gives major relief from urticaria rashes.

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Chickweed – A poultice of the crushed leaves of chickweed or black nightshade is a great remedy for that itchy skin of yours in urticaria.

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Try and find out what causes you urticaria and avoid contact with that allergen.

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Stress has often been associated with hives (especially chronic cases). Consult with your doctor if this is the reason for your problem and if the answer is affirmative, try and find some relaxation techniques and see the result for yourself. Yoga is an excellent alternative.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Urticaria (hives or nettle rash, angioedema)

AllergiClear

Stay allergy-free using natural immune system support.

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Hive Away

Homeopathic remedy to relieve symptoms of insect bites & stings, poison ivy, hives, itching, redness and inflammation.

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