Tis the season for hives and itchiness. The reasons for these hives and itchy patches are usually caused by allergies and bug bites. The best treatment options depend largely on the reason for the hives and itch but over all, these treatment options will generally work really well.
For overall hives and itch
If you have a lot of hives and itchy spots you may want to reach for your sunburn medication. The same mediation that will cool sunburn can stop the itchiness that goes all with itchy patches and hives. Plus, this can be a lot less expensive than rubbing some of the other types of creams all of your body. If you can, apply one that has aloe in it since it has skin calming capabilities.
Try over-counter allergy pills:
Medications such as Benadryl, Zyrtech, and Clarinex can help stop those hives in their tracks. Trouble is that they can have some side effects including drowsiness and jitteriness.
There are home remedies for everything and yes some of these work. Some popular home remedies for hives are:
• Soaking in a warm bath of ½ cup of corn starch
• Consuming cayenne pepper capsules
• Dabbing Milk of Magnesia onto the area
Using cold compresses
Just gently lay a cold compress onto the area until the itchiness is relieved. Repeat as necessary
Try to calm your nerves
Sometimes hives is caused by stress. A great known stress reducer is to great tea. Some popular teas you may want to try are: peppermint, passionflower and chamomile.
Applying calamine lotion to the area is a known practice. It can give you immediate relief.
If none of the above ideas helps your hives, or if they begin appearing in your mouth, close to your eyes or in any other sensitive area, you must seek emergency help immediately. Hives can be more than an itchy annoyance. Hives can be serious, especially if they are in your mouth or around your eyes.
Note: The writer of the above article is not a physician. Therefore the article should not be considered medical advice. The article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you read online.