#Hives, known medically as #Urticaria, which is also the Latin name for the common #stingingnettle, presents as welts or bumps on your skin that burn and itch. It can be extremely distressing, especially when it won’t settle down. The medical profession hasn’t found a definite underlying cause, but it is agreed that the reaction is triggered by the release of histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream as part of the immune response. The hard part is identifying why your immune system has been activated. A full medical history is taken during your herbal appointment to do just this.
There are some serious conditions that cause hives and these must be ruled out with blood tests, but generally the culprits are likely to be pain medications, insects or parasites, infection, or scratching, heat or cold, stress, sunlight, exercise, alcohol, food or food additives, or even pressure on the skin such as from a tight waistband. It is common, and generally settles down within a few hours, but some people have a chronic (long term) condition that can last over months or even years. Angioderma is the name given to deeper swelling that occurs under the skin.
There are a number of natural herbal anti-histamines and these will reduce the irritation. Guess which one is at the top of the list? Yes, the common stinging nettle. Antihistamines will be combined with other herbs and a treatment plan for the likely causes, which might be food allergy based, reactions to cosmetics or other household products. To successfully treat this condition it is important to treat the whole body not just the itchy, red spots. They are simply the symptom. Herbal medicine combines herbs selected to treat your whole body. The healing takes place in the liver, kidneys and the immune system, not just on the skin. As ever, the health check and treatment must include checking the health of your digestive system, because without a #healthygut your body is always working too hard.