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The best treatment for hives rash, or Urticaria, as known to the medical community, is to first identify and remove the trigger that is causing the rash or irritation. This is not always an easily identifiable task, but if you think methodically and systematically about any new foods in your diet or new medications that you may be taking or contact with chemicals or household cleansers, you may be able to pinpoint the source. This is a good first step in eventually clearing up the rash but oftentimes you need immediate relief.

If you are seeking a natural solution to avoid possible side effects from prescription medications, the homeopathic companys listed on the home page of this site offer excellent products that relieve intense itching, welts and inflammation caused by hives, rashes and poison ivy.

If a natural, homeopathic solution is not what you are looking for, your doctor will usually prescribe antihistamines to provide relief. When antihistamines do not provide relief, oral corticosteroids may be prescribed. For severe hive or angioedema outbreaks, an injection of epinephrine or a steroid medication may be needed.

While you're waiting for the hives and swelling to disappear, here are some tips:

  • Avoid hot water; keep the skin cool.
  • Use gentle, mild soap.
  • Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to the affected areas.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, as it causes flushing of the skin.
  • Try not to scratch, as this will likely worsen the itching.
  • Try to work and sleep in a cool room.
  • Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes.

 

 
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