Urticaria condition becomes a more intricate issue especially when it involves the aged, the sick, the expectant, children and people with special medical needs. The aged (above 65 years) have the disadvantages of the muscle tissues degenerating due to age and lack of quick recovery when attacked by any ailment.
What causes urticaria?
There are several things that can trigger than urticarial attack. Among them are the following:
Food - the most common cause of hives. Usually lasts less than 6 months and most of the causative factor can easily be pinpointed.
Physical - this is often caused by an inflammatory reaction due to extreme cold or heat. It can be caused by direct skin contact too like jewelleries, watches and even fabrics.
Drugs - most common medicines that cause hives are some antibiotics and anticonvulsants.
Stress - one's emotional well being is also very important to prevent hives. It is believed that stress causes release of histamine which is the chemical mediator basically responsible for the onset of urticarial attack.
Symptoms of Hives (Urticaria):
Complexity in gulp
Swelling in the skin
Pain in the region of the exaggerated area
Intricacy in breathing
Large red colored rings on the skin
Loss of awareness
How to control Urticaria
In controlling the condition you must address the issue of how to reduce the exposure to the triggers to eliminate itching and swelling which cause a lot of discomfort by doing the following;
Avoid coming into contact with hot or warm moisture; you should avoid hot baths and showers for they occasionally irritate the skin causing unpleasant itching. The temperature of the water may also act as an irritant and offer good condition for the multiplication of the germs.
Avoid friction on the skin; most of the friction on the skin is caused by the clothes we wear. To avoid this stay away from wearing tightly fitting clothes this would rub against the skin causing irritation and itching.
Apply lotions as the calamine to sooth the affected areas; most of the recommended lotions have the effect of calming down the itchy skin by moisturizing. Some even come with germs eliminators hence you will be comfortable as you go on with the medication.
Start and continue with the anti-histamine medication; the most effective way to treat urticaria is through the anti-histamine medication which combats the free histamines leaked by mast cells in the body.
Home Remedies for Urticaria, Hives
Camphor - Camphor mixed with coconut oil work as an effective home remedy for hives. Local massage with this oil helps in relieving the constant itch.
Chironji With Honey - Mix chironji or pistachios seeds with honey and take one teaspoon as a home remedy 2 to 3 times.
Ginger - Ginger is a valuable home remedy used in treating a wide range of ailments. Take 5 to 10 ml fresh ginger juice or 1 to 2 grams dried ginger powder along with water.
Soda Bicarbonate - Take approx. 10 to 20 grams of soda bicarbonate (cooking soda) and mix with 250 ml of plain water. Use this solution as a local application on the affected region.
Turmeric - It is a wonderful natural healing agent. Pound some raw turmeric and take half to one teaspoon turmeric powder mixed in a glass of warm milk one or two times daily.
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