Urticaria (hives) appears as a pale swelling caused by a build up of fluid in the epidermis of the skin, surrounded by a red margin. These areas are called wheals, they may be small or large and intensely itchy. If you are exposed to something you are allergic to (such as peanuts) they can come up very quickly. If this happens round the mouth and tongue the swelling may block the airways and be life threatening.

Chronic urticaria is a result of the production of histamine in the mast cells and may be a response to firm pressue on the skin, changes in temperature, circulating autoantibodies or underlying inflammation of blood vessels. As the rash fades it may leave a bruised appearance.

Typical triggers of urticaria include alcohol, aspirin, allergies, food sensitivities, antibiotics, extremes of heat or cold.

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
Quercetin Has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties. 400-500mg 3 times daily.
Vitamin B12 Helps the nervous system, needed for the health of cell membranes. 1000mcg daily
Vitamin C Anti-histamine, supports the immune defences against allergic reactions 1gm 3 times daily
Chamomile cream To soothe and calm the skin. As directed

Ice packs can help relieve the pain, provided that cold was not a trigger.

If the rash is caused by sun exposure, eat plenty of foods rich in Beta Carotene, all the bright orange, red and dark green fruits and vegetables.

If urticaria is triggered by aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, seeck advise from your doctor or pharmacist. If you have a severe reaction, avoid berries, dried and fresh fruit and some nuts and seeds which contain natural aspirin.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Apis Mel
  • Urtica


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