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Top Remedies to Stop Pain and Itching from Hives

Updated on February 27, 2012
Home treatments to relieve the pain and itch of hives.
Home treatments to relieve the pain and itch of hives. | Source

Many people suffer from hives and the causes come from a variety of sources. The itchy, red welts are oftentimes the result of reaction to medication, both prescription and over the counter, fear, stress and food or environmental allergic reactions along with other emotions. Some people experience an outbreak of hives in patchy red clusters while others see hives covering a large portion of their bodies. Hives can vary in size from that of a fingernail 1/8 inch to 12 inches. Some hives overlap each other while others don’t touch each other.

Hives that Require Emergency Medical Intervention

If you’ve never had hives before

Difficulty breathing

Hives in your mouth or throat

Natural Remedies – Hives From Stress or Fear

Boil a cup of water.

Choose one of the following teas: Peppermint, Chamomile, Passion Flower or Valerian.

Place your choice of tea into the hot water and allow it to steep for five to seven minutes.

Pour the tea through a strainer.

Add sugar to taste and sip the stress relieving tea.

Topical Hives Treatment

Pour 1 tablespoon of Cream of Tartar into a small bowl.

Add water to the Cream of Tartar while constantly stirring to form a thin paste.

Dip a clean, natural cotton ball into the mixture and dab the soothing remedy onto the hives.

Repeat as often as necessary throughout the day after the paste has dried and fallen off.

Cool Water and Ice for Hives

Run a cool bath and sit in it for at least 20 minutes to help relieve the pain, burning and itch associated with hives.

Lay a thin towel over the hives and place an ice pack on top.

The cool water or ice reduces swelling and eases the discomfort.

Avoid warm or hot water which can intensify the symptoms.

Over the Counter Medications

Over the counter antihistamines help to relieve the swelling and itch of hives. Benedryl is very effective.

Dip a cotton swab into witch hazel or calamine lotion to help reduce the swelling. You can also use over the counter medications such as Pepto-Bismal or Milk of Magnesia.

Apply hydrocortisone cream to small, itchy hives to relieve itching.

Use Baking Soda

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a bowl and slowly stir in water until it forms a thick paste.

Apply the paste to the hives for itch relief.

White Vinegar

Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of cool water to a bowl.

Submerge a washcloth into the mixture and wring out excess moisture so the washcloth remains wet but does not drip.

Lay the washcloth over the hives for itch relief.

Stinging Nettle

Take stinging nettle to relieve swelling and itch.

Typically the dosage is 4 to 6 does of 400 milligrams spread out through the day according to the stinging nettle manufacturer’s instructions.

Fish Oil

Take a fish oil supplement.

The usual fish oil supplement is 1000 milligrams taken three times daily. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended dosing.

Mint Tea

Boil 1 cup of water.

Add two to three tablespoons of loose mint tea to the water.

Allow the mint tea to steep in the boiling water for 10 minutes.

Pour the tea through a strainer to remove the tea leaves.

Allow the tea to cool to room temperature and place it in the refrigerator until it cools.

Dip a natural cotton ball into the mint tea and dab it onto the hives.


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