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May 26, 2016
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist



Hives, otherwise known as "urticaria", is irritating on many
levels.

Not only is this skin condition itchy and painful, it is very hard
to discover what is behind it – in as many as half of all cases
the cause is never discovered.

More and more people are developing hives. One in 20 people
suffers from hives at some point in their lives, according to
the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

But some sources, such as the American Association of Family
Physicians, say that the problem is much worse, with as many
as 20% of us suffering from hives in our lifetimes.

Hives can be triggered by food, chemicals, or even
environmental factors like heat and movement. The skin starts
to itch and form swollen red or pink welts or wheals and
itching can be mild or debilitating.

Here's the bad news. Symptoms can last from minutes to
months or even years and can cause significant distress.

In fact, one 1997 study from St Thomas' Hospital London
even said that chronic urticaria has the same negative impact
as
heart disease.

If you suffer from urticaria, what can you do? Are there
natural remedies that help with this irritating condition?

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hives?

The main sign of hives or urticaria is a set of raised, itchy
marks on the skin that are either red or pink in color.

They may range in size from a few millimeters to several
inches. The hives, when pressed, turn white.

Hives look similar to insect bites but they can appear
anywhere on the body and often move or change position
over the day.

What Causes Hives or Urticaria?





























Hives is a red, itchy skin rash often produced when the body
reacts to an allergen by producing histamine. The histamine
causes blood vessels to leak fluid, which builds up in the skin
to cause a rash.

While it is often possible to see that a certain food or
medication triggers hives because the person reacts
immediately after ingesting the substance, sometimes it is
more difficult and a cause is never found.

Common triggers for hives include food like peanuts, eggs,
shellfish, and nuts; medications like aspirin and penicillin;
insect bites; nettles; physical stimuli such as heat, cold,
pressure, or sun exposure; latex; bacterial infections; viral
infections like the common cold; some pets; pollen; and some
plants like poison oak.

In cases of chronic urticaria it is unlikely that these triggers
are the cause and more likely that the condition is an immune
response and may be linked to diseases like
lupus.

Is Urticaria Dangerous?

Hives may be short lived (acute)  or long term (chronic). In
the case of chronic hives, the itchy marks appear every day
for more than six weeks although each individual mark will
disappear after 24 hours.

Acute hives usually disappear after a few hours or days.
Neither case is life threatening although if the symptoms
include swelling in the throat or mouth and restrict breathing
you should seek immediate emergency medical attention.

Urticaria or hives is often extremely life-limiting. However,  
studies have shown that over a quarter of people with
chronic urticaria miss work at least once a month.  Half of
people with hives say they do not have control over their
symptoms, nine out of 10 say their sleep is affected, and 48
percent report that their daily activities are restricted.

Forty-six percent feel like crying due to their symptoms,
according to findings from the Wheals of Despair CSU patient
audit published in 2014 by Allergy UK and other professional
bodies in the UK.

We looked at recent scientific research to see which natural
remedies may make a difference – find out how you can help
stop hives whether you suffer from chronic or acute urticaria.

1.
Vitamin D Can Help Hives Sufferers

Taking Vitamin D supplements may help as an additional
treatment for hives, causing relief to sufferers, according to a
2014 study from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The study took place over two years and looked at 38 people
who were taking a triple-drug combination for the treatment
of chronic hives. They also took either 600 IUs or 4000 IUs of
Vitamin D3.

After taking the Vitamin D supplements, the participants saw
the severity of symptoms decreased by 33 percent in both
groups. And after three months of treatment the group taking
the higher dose had an extra 40 percent decrease in hives
symptoms.

2.
Probiotics and a Healthier Relationship With Bacteria Could
Benefit Hives Sufferers


Is excessive cleanliness to blame for an uptick in allergy cases
in the developed world?

Researchers from the Universite de Montreal Faculty of
Medicine claim our limited exposure to bacteria is a concern,
particularly when a child grows up in an environment that
borders on the sterile.

The researchers (in 2010 reports) recommend probiotics to
enhance the intestinal flora in our bodies that can help
strengthen our immune system and ward off attacks that can
cause hives.

3.
Hives is Linked with Penicillin Allergy

People who report having a penicillin allergy are also three
times more likely to report suffering from chronic hives,
according to a 2016 study from the American College of
Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Plus, those with chronic hives are much more likely to report
a penicillin allergy.

The study looked at the medical records of over 11,000
patients at the University of Pennsylvania Health System
Allergy-Immunology Clinic.

Experts state that it is important for anyone who seems to
have suffered an allergic reaction to penicillin to have the
proper allergy testing so they can be sure if this is a reason
for hives to develop.

4.
A Sensitivity to Vibrations Causes Urticaria?

Some people get hives for a strange reason – the vibration of
a bumpy car trip, or the action of drying their hands with a
rough towel.

A 2016 study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
shows that many people suffer from a form of hives called
"vibratory urticaria" – it can even be caused by clapping your
hands.

The scientists looking at the problem believe that this form of
urticaria is caused by a genetic mutation that runs in families
and is an exaggeration of a normal form of cell response to
vibration.

Vibratory urticaria is an extremely rare disorder but
something to consider if you have ruled out every other
reason for your hives.

5.
Acupuncture Can Help Treat Hives

A 2015 study shows that acupuncture has the potential to
significantly benefit hives sufferers – more than placebo
acupuncture or alternative treatments, scientists from the
University of California say.

In the study researchers looked at the results of 24 studies
that showed acupuncture as a primary method of treating
skin disorders like urticaria. The results show significant
improvement in symptoms when patients are treated with
acupuncture, compared with placebo.

6.
Sublingual Immunotherapy May Be Of Use to Hives
Sufferers


Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is the process of treating
allergies by placing small amounts of the allergen in question
under the tongue. This treatment is only of benefit when you
know what is causing the hives, and in one 2007 study from
the University of Bari, Italy it has shown promise for treating
urticaria caused by latex allergies.

7.
Try Food Elimination Diets to Prevent Urticaria

Delayed food allergies may be the cause of some cases of
urticaria. If food allergies are suspected, food allergen
elimination diets can be tried that help treat chronic
symptoms.

A 1995 study from Humboldt Universität-zu Berlin, Germany
and 1986 research from Dr. G. Supramaniam  and Dr. J.O.
Warner concluded that elimination diets help to treat urticaria.

However, many experts do not believe that elimination diets
are completely effective for finding the causes of conditions
like hives.

Here is what you should do. If you suffer from hives it can
help to keep a food diary and see if there are any immediately
obvious food triggers within it that may help to understand
why urticaria develops.



































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