Hives, a.k.a. urticaria, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques (wheals) on the skin that appear suddenly – either as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons.
Hives usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, or ears. Hives vary in size (from a pencil eraser to a dinner plate), and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques. They can last for hours, or up to one day before fading.
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Home remedies for Hives
(1) Oatmeal has a calming effect and helps to soothe the skin irritation.
Crumble uncooked oatmeal into warm water. Soak affected area in it and then air dry so that a thin coating of oatmeal remains on your skin.
(2) Mix baking soda with equal amount of water to form a smooth paste.
Apply the baking soda paste to affected areas.
(3) Peel the skin of a small piece of fresh ginger root off and gently dab this onto your affected skin area.
Apply it twice day. You can chill the ginger root in the fridge initially to get better cooling effect.
(4)Crush some pineapples and put them in a thin towel.
Pull the corners of the towel together and tie them with rubber band. Put the pineapple filled towel over the affected area.
(5) Turmeric powder
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of hot water or hot milk. Drink it twice a day.
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