Hives is a skin condition characterized by itchy, raised white bumps called wheals that
are surrounded by a reddish area.
The most common area of the body where wheal occurs are the arms, legs, or trunk, but
they can appear anywhere and last for several hours or even days.
The most common cause of hives is a histamine reaction that is triggered by allergies,
especially to certain foods, such as strawberries, fish, shellfish, peanuts, soy, beef,
citrus fruits, milk, and eggs. Drugs such as penicillin and exposure to chemicals, including
those in common household products such as laundry soap, can also cause hives. To
ensure long-term relief from hives, such factors must be screened for and addressed.
Aromatherapy: Chamomile essential oil applied topically can help relieve symptoms.
Diet: Identify and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. To minimize the
occurrence of hives, eat a varied diet and avoid eating the same foods more than more
than once or twice each week.
Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can also help.
Herbs: Drink parsley or peppermint teas. Peppermint oil taken orally can also help.
Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedies Apis mel., Nat mur., and Urtica Urens. are all
useful for treating and preventing hives.
Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold
temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion,
steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold
compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can
easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians,
Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest
several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative
health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are
appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating
Chlorinated Bath Water, offers clear instructions and recommendations.
Nutritional Supplementation: Hydrochloric acid secretions in the stomach are usually
low in people with hives. Vitamin B complex deficiency is also common among hives
patients. Therefore, supplementing with betaine hydrochloric acid (HCL) and vitamin B
complex is highly recommended. Pancreatic enzymes taken three to four times daily on
empty stomach, especially during the initial attack of hives, is also helpful, as are
bromelain and vitamin C (also taken away from meals).
During a hives outbreak, take two tablets of bicarbonate soda in water, and sip every 15
minutes until symptoms ease.
To prevent a recurrence of hives, supplement with bioflavonoids and pantothenic acid,
vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, and essential fatty acids.
Topical Treatment: To the affected area, apply a mix of calamine lotion with beta
carotene liquid, or a vitamin A capsule squeezed together with zinc oxide. If neither of
these remedies is available, applying plain unflavored yogurt to the affected area might
also help ease symptoms.
Fresh coriander juice applied topically can also help relieve itchiness and inflammation.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified
health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be
useful for treating hives: Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Biofeedback Training,
Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Guided Imagery, Light Therapy,
Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, Orthomolecular
Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (hydrogen peroxide applied topically), and
Traditional Chinese Medicine.