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Hives are produced by histamine and other toxins and compounds released from cells of tissues called mast cells, which forms the skin. This histamine causes the fluid to leak from the local blood vessels, which leads to swelling of the skin.

Hives are very familiar the entire world. Although this Hives are annoying, they usually reduce and cure on their own over a short period of time like few weeks, and are not medically serious. Some of them are caused by allergies to things like foods, medications, and insect stings, but the most of the cases are not allergic, and no separate cause for them is found.

At some rare cases like the hereditary problems, or the bee stings or the drug allergy, it is accompanied by shock and difficulty in breathing. This is commonly called as Anaphylaxis.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Sudden start
  • Red colored wounds that resemble mosquito bites
  • Wounds change quickly in size, shape, & location.
  • Itching all over the place.
  • Wounds commonly last about 24 hours
  • Angioedema - swelling of lips, face, and tongue
  • Itchy
  • Its appearance are alone or are in groups
  • It varies in size, where some may be small than child's finger tip and other's can be larger than that. Hives can also merge to form larger hives that even, can cover half of the child's abdomen.
  • Some of the hives can be temporary and come and go within hours. They don't go away completely though. Old hives vanish in one part and new ones appear somewhere else.


The ultimate reason of treating the hives in most of the cases of ordinary urticaria is to relieve the symptoms while the condition relieves by itself. The most commonly used oral treatments are antihistamines, which help to reduce and stop the effects of the histamine leaked by cells named mast cells. The side effect of antihistamines is drowsiness.

Many of these antihistamines are easily available anywhere without any prescription, like the diphenhydramine, taken in 25 milligrams per dose and chlorpheniramine, which is taken in 4 milligrams per dose. These may take up to three times a day, but because of these medications can cause drowsiness, and so they are often taken at the time of sleep. Those who take them should be more careful and be sure that they are attentive during driving or participating in other activities like mental concentration.

Loratadine is available rarely and is less likely to cause drowsiness. Likewise cetirizine is also used. And Zyrtec, 10 milligrams can also be used, which is mildly numbing. The antihistamines come in bundle with decongestant medication. The decongestant component is not needed to treat hives.

Natural and Home Remedies:

  • Add baking soda to water while bathing.
  • Take herbal tea.
  • Take milk compress after refrigeration.
  • Asafetida can help you relieve hives.
  • Bath in basil leaves.
  • Take large amount of vitamin c
  • Wear cotton gloves in affected regions.

Chronic allergy treatment center at Mumbai is best center for the treatment of Hives.

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