this is going to sound really strange, but the only thing that takes the itch out of my hives is holding a blow dryer to them! Does anyone know why???
Entire body hives from scalp to bottoms of feet; think caused by a prescription med for my colon. Made mistake of taking a warm bath with soda. Do not do that! It made matters MUCH worse. Went to E.R., got steroid shot which helped for about 2-3 hrs at the expense of $500. Then took 3 doses of the E.R. prescribed Prednisone tablets. At the most, I got 1-2 hrs of relief after waiting over an hour for it to 'kick in' at all. Quit that after 3 doses although rx was for 9 doses. The risks of taking it WAY outweighed any benefit. During the first 3 days, ice packs are the ONLY thing that gave me any relief at all, but it is impossible to keep ice packs on your entire body. On my fourth day since this started, I was as bad or worse off than the beginning; at this point, I took a cool shower (no soap), patted dry, applied Caladryl lotion to every square inch of my body affected, dried the lotion with a blow-dryer set on cool, dressed in lightweight cotton pj's. I then took 1 generic Claritin antihistamine tablet, 2 generic Zantac (75 mg each) (although it's for stomach ailments, the e.r. doc said it has an H-2 blocker which can help with allergies, hives), and 2 extra strength Tylenol (I cannot take Advil because of a colon condition, but if you can take it might work as well as Tylenol) (I also cannot stand to take Benadryl, it gives me restless leg syndrome, but if you can take it might be as effective as the Claritin). Since then I have sat very still so that my clothes or movement are not aggravating the hives. I have now had about 3 hrs. of total relief, which is more than I had combined relief since the beginning. If it flares up again (which I assume it probably will for a few more times) I intend to take the Claritin and the Zantac every 12 hrs. and the Tylenol and Caladryl as needed.
Just wanted previous submitters to know - thank you so much for the suggestions. I bought a bar of Fels-
Naptha soap at the grocery store and washed my hives very well. Then I put on the generic icy-hot. It burned so badly for a couple of minutes and then my skin got super cold. It stayed cold and itch free for a long time. I was able to sleep without taking the stong ( rx ) antihistamine which causes drowsiness the next day. THANK YOU again !!! :)
Hives covered my torso, and a few on my face, swelling my lips and eyes. This was happening several times per week, triggered, I believe by stress.:
The remedy that WORKED:m twice a day I made a tea with Aluminum FREE baking soda (bought on internet) and organic cider vinegar. Use a teaspoon of the baking soda, two tablespoons of the vinegar and mix with warm water. I also added some honey--I cut way back on sugar, started exercising 20 minutes, four times a week and took a handful of vitamins--C, D, omega fatty, enzimes, multi vitamin. I have only had a couple of hives in the past two weeks. Oh--I also bought some ph paper and noticed before the tea my sytem was very acidy---and it started to balance--so there you go--All the other remedies for what to do when you actually have a big outbreak is great--but they won't go away if your ph in your body is not balanced.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, and 10-15 drops of Oregano oil, smooth over entire area. Of all the things I have tried, this is the best. You may spend 30.00 for the Oregano oil, but we spend more on other attempts for relief and antihistamines.
I have hives and when they inflame, I soak for several minutes in an epsom salt bath and it goes away for most of the day. I do have to do it again in the morning but it soothes in such a short time.
Home remedies for hives:
Bath therapy for hives: A cool refreshing bath always works wonders in case of hives. The best method is to add some tablespoons of cornstarch and few spoons of oatmeal.
Tea therapy for hives: Stress is also known to trigger the onset of hives in a person whose family has a predilection for it. If you suspect that emotional stress has triggered the condition of hives, then it is recommended to take soothing sips of herbal tea.
Acupressure for hives: Some patients have found acupressure to be extremely relieving in terms of getting rid of hives. Deep massaging and putting the right pressure the trapezius muscle between neck and shoulder till it actually hurts, is found to reduce the onset of hives.
Cool compressions: Compressing the hives affected area with cold compressions is again an effective way of getting rid of the problem.
Calamine lotions or Benadryl are common anti-histamine drugs that are easily available in the home.
1.Add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract in a teaspoon of vegetable oil or olive oil. Apply this mixture over the affected area for lessening or eliminating hives. This mixture will also reduce itching of the hives.
2.The most popular and efficient way to treat hives would be a cool showers or bath.
With the swine flu scare I discovered a great remedy for the itching of hives: antibacterial gel! I just apply it once or, at most, twice after the itchiness starts, and it is gone in a few minutes.
Calamine lotion is an effective remedy for hives. It will help relieve the itch. Also, if you know what triggers it, you can try an allergy drug - antihistamine. A dose of antihistamine can prevent or minimize hives.