There are many urticaria hives treatment options to help urticaria hives go away. As I have discovered through trial and error, all hives are different and there’s no universal recipe for cure. Try the treatment options from the list below. Hopefully, some of the urticaria hives treatment options will help your hives go away.
Urticaria Hives Treatment: Do Something!
Option #1. Take Over-the-Counter Antihistamines
Antihistamine medicine prevents the histamine from causing the hives. Try over-the-counter ones such as Zyrtec, Claritin, or Loratadine.
These did not really help me other than making me sleepy and spaced out, so I went on a low-histamine diet instead. After two weeks of eating this way, I did feel much better and Zyrtac started to help if I took it right after I felt the hives coming.
Note: I take half-doses every now and then and it is enough to keep the hives under control.
Option #2: See A Doctor for Prescribed Medicines
It is not a bad idea overall. The doctor will be able to request blood work and do other tests to determine the triggers for your hives.
Since I have a history of allergies, I went to see a doctor right away but the only result was a huge bill sent to my insurance company. The doctor ran skin tests to find allergens and prescribed Allegra, which made me super-drowsy and did nothing to get rid of the hives. I personally think it was a waste or time and money (the dude told me that he, basically, does not know what’s wrong with me).
Note: consider visiting an immunotherapist or a dermatologist instead of an allergist. There’s a pretty good chance your urticaria hives have nothing to do with allergy.
Option #3: Take Bioflavonoids
I am taking Quercetin, a bioflavonoid complex shown to inhibit histamine release. The theory behind it is that bioflavonoids attack the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.
Note: It does take a couple of weeks before it starts to kick in. I am still taking it, even though my hives outbreaks are significantly less frequent and uncomfortable now.
Option #4: Try to Ease the Stress and Relax More
Oftentimes, urticaria is directly linked to stress. I tried drinking chamomile tea and taking Valerian root capsules. I increased the frequency and time of my hot yoga workouts and started meditating every morning. It helped me feel in control and made it easier to get through the day when the hives were at their worst.
Option #5: Help your immune system
I started taking Pau D’Arco and bought unpasteurized Manduka Honey. I actually take both at the first signs of a cold as well.
Option #6: Take Baths and Exfoliate!
This helped me big time when the hives were so itchy, I felt like I could scratch a hole in my skin. I bought a bath mitt and mixed my own exfoliating oil (olive oil, coarse sea salt, and chamomile florets – let it sit for 24 hours before first use).
It helped ease the itch and got me through the day multiple times. I know that with certain types of urticaria baths or showers are not recommended, so please be sure that this may not be a good option for you.
Option #7: Get More Fresh Air and Wear Cotton
I noticed that my hives get much better if I take a long walk. It is easy for me to do because my dog is always happy to keep me company. I started getting up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to fit in a walk before starting my day. I also noticed that when hives are present, my skin is very sensitive. Wearing loose clothes made of cotton helped me big time. The hives would go away quicker and the itch would be much more bearable.
Option #8: Topical Corticosteroids
They are the most commonly prescribed treatment and reduce the itching by reducing inflammation.
Which are the most common treatments prescribed; ease the itching by reducing the inflammation. Topical corticosteroids come in several strengths. Low-potency corticosteroids control symptoms over the long term. Intermediate-potency corticosteroids treat chronic atopic dermatitis on the trunk of the body, arms and legs and can be used for three weeks or longer. High-potency corticosteroids can be used to treat outbreaks of atopic dermatitis, but should be used for no longer than three weeks and never on the face or genitals.
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