Itchy bumps patches, and rash on the surface of the skin, often white at their caps, surrounded by red, inflamed tissue. Hives most commonly appear on the limbs and trunk, but in severe cases can spread elsewhere on the body. Hives usually last only a few hours.
What are Hives?
Though the cause is unknown, the most common stimulus is an allergic reaction to certain foods, such as milk, eggs, shellfish, strawberries, or nuts; certain food additives or artificial colors; and pharmaceutical drugs, such as penicillin or aspirin. The allergic reaction triggers the production of the chemical histamine from cells, which in turn causes capillaries to leak fluid into the tissues of the skin. Less commonly, heat, strenuous exercise, and sweating can bring on a flare-up of hives, as can overexposure to sunlight or cold temperatures. Calamine lotion and antihistamine drugs can relieve the irritation and itching.Severe cases may require corticosteroid drugs.
From Traditional Medicine
Hives are the body’s effort to eliminate toxins that have temporarily overloaded the liver and kidneys and thus been shunted to the skin surface in the hope of eliminating such waste products through the skin’s pores. Hives usually appear when the bloodstream, lymph system, liver, kidneys, and large intestine are already burdened by toxins. At that point, some toxic food substance or chemical is added to an already overworked immune system, blood-cleansing organs, and digestive tract, and thus becomes the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.
The first thing to do is to take these burdens off the blood-clean ing organs and systems (such as the lymph) and boost the eliminative organs, especially the large intestine. If constipated, take a laxative and then promote healthy elimination through the bowels.
Foods to Eat
- • Soybeans
- • Omega-3 oils to boost immunity
- • Green, leafy vegetables
- • Microalgae such as spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green alga
- • Flax, chia, and pumpkin seeds
- • Salmon, mackerel, sardines, and other deep/ cold-water fish
The following fluids will help to eliminate toxins.
• Carrot and green vegetable juice
• Distilled water
Foods to Avoid
The following foods are common allergens.
- • Shellfish
- • Mille
- • Eggs
- • Wheat
- • Pork
- • Onions
- • Some fruits
- • Food dyes, additives, and preservatives
- • saturated fats
- • Fried foods
- • Sugar
- • Refined carbohydrates
- • Dairy products
- • Spices
- • Tobacco
- • Coffee
- • Alcohol
Herbs to Treat Hives
- • Chickweed tea and oil
- • Burdock seed tea
- • Catnip tea
- • Nettle juice: 1 tsp., 3 times per day
- • Sassafras tea
- • Infusion: 1part nettle, 1 part yarrow, 2 parts dandelion, ½ part goldenseal.
- • Echinacea: tincture, 30 drops, four to five times daily
- • Tea made from equal parts burdock, sassafras, red raspberry, and red
- clover. Drink in cupful doses two or three times daily to clean the blood.
To draw out toxins from skin, take a hot bath with 1 ½ cup of baking soda or Epsom salts added to the water.