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New Delhi: Hives, also known as hives, can appear on any part of the skin, be it the face, lips, tongue or ears. They are reddish and inflamed skin rashes that occur as a result of certain reactions and may vary in size. Hives cause itchy skin and sometimes it can also burn or itch. Hives can be caused due to various chemical or chemical reactions in food, excessive exposure to sunlight or, sometimes, due to an insect bite. Hives generally do not last more than six to 12 hours and are not associated with serious complications. Hives tend to move freely and can acquire any shape.
Types of hives
Hives have been categorized into the following types:
- Acute urticaria: It affects the face, neck, toes and is the most common type of hives. Your symptoms last less than six weeks. They are mainly caused by food, medications or infections.
- Chronic urticaria It is linked to the immune system. They can also be caused by thyroid disease or cancer. They can spread to different areas of the body and can often lead to deep swelling.
- Physical urticaria: Heat or cold, overexposure to the sun, excessive sweating can cause rashes.
- Dermatographism It is caused by excessive rubbing of the skin.
Some common triggers of hives have been included below:
- Certain foods such as peanuts, eggs can cause skin hives.
- Insect bite.
- Medications that include antibiotics or aspirin.
- Infections such as common cold or flu.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Sometimes, excessive scratching of the skin can also cause hives.
- Too much exposure to sunlight.
- Excess consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
- Stress, anxiety, nervousness.
- Cold temperature exposure.
Symptoms of hives
Hives are usually characterized by red swelling of the skin and may vary in size. They create a feeling of itchy skin that can vary from mild to severe. Hives may appear and disappear and may change shape in a short interval. Prominent symptoms of hives include bleaching, which is a process in which when the center of hives is pressed, its color changes to white. Hives can also cause our lips and eyelids to swell and can sometimes be painful.
Home remedies for hives
- Oatmeal bath: Oatmeal inhibits anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, can soothe the skin and also reduce irritation. Add oatmeal to a bucket of hot water and bathe properly for best results.
- aloe vera: May be effective in relieving hive symptoms. Rubbing aloe vera in hives can work wonders since it has anti-inflammatory properties, but one must make sure they are not allergic.
- Cold compress: Applying a cold, damp cloth around the hives can be effective, as it can help reduce inflammation.
- Coconut oil It can help reduce itching and acts as an excellent moisturizer. Massage the oil in the affected area to protect the skin from fungal infections.
- Ginger It reduces the swelling caused by hives. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, stimulates blood flow and eliminates itching.
This is how you can avoid hives:
- Try to wear loose clothing, as tight clothing can often cause skin irritation.
- Avoid scratching your skin too much.
- Avoid certain triggers that may include food, pollen, medications.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Use soaps or creams of a mild nature.
- Apply sunscreen before leaving the house.
- Apply a cold cloth around the skin to calm the symptoms of hives.
- Track the occurrence of your hives.
- Keep calm and avoid excessive stress.
Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or professional health care provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.