hello all! I've been covered with hives now for about four days! Been to the ER 3 times and urgent care once. I was prescribed steroids and given shots but these things won't get rid of it but rather just gives you a little break; I was told by the Doctors that Hives just needs to run it's course. In the meantime I have tried everything to alleviate the pain/itching. The oatmeal remedy mentioned here does really help for about an hour or so, but it's super messy. I tried vinegar and that gives a little relief as well. But the thing that I found really helped was Fels-Naptha. Old timers probably remember it, and what I recalled is that as a child,mom used it if we had gotten into poison ivy and it took the itch away immediately. Luckily I had some so I gave it a try and it worked! For those who don't know, Fels-Naptha is an old fashioned 'heavy duty Laundry bar soap' (says on the wrapper). It may be hard to find but its out there (I think I got mine at Home Depot) Anyway, it's a large rectangular soap and what I did was wet one end with water and rubbed it on the affected areas like a roll-on and did not rinse it off. It lasts about 2-3 hours and smells much better than vinegar and isnt messy like oatmeal. It does say on the wrapper that it is a skin irritant and 'to avoid prolonged contact with skin' so you might want to try just a tiny area to see if it bothers you at all. Anyway, my family has used it for years to take itch away and it's always been fine, and even better, it took away the itch from my hives and the swelling went down. Good luck!
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