Urticaria, called hives by the medical profession, is a skin condition that is characterized by sudden outbreaks of red, itchy welts on the skin. Any area of the body may be affected. The welts may vary in appearance, from tiny, goose-bump like spots to rashes that cover significant areas of the body. Urticaria usually go away within a few hours to two days, but in rare cases they become chronic and may last for six weeks or more.
Causes of Urticaria
Most outbreaks of Urticaria are caused by an allergy. The body’s defense mechanism, the immune system, reacts to the allergen as if it were a dangerous organism, in trying to neutralize the antigen, the body releases histamine, which produces the allergy symptoms. The allergy may be to something that comes into contact with skin, such as wool or a hairy plant; to a food; or occasionally to a chemical in the environment. Eggs, strawberries, and shellfish are common agents among the food allergies. Other allergens include animal fur, house dust mites, silk, perfumes, pollens, asprin, penicillin, and a heat rash from a hot bath is also a form of Urticaria. Urticaria can also appear, with or without an allergic cause, at times of emotional stress.
Symptoms of hives
- Burning or itchy white bumps appear, surrounded by areas of redness and inflammation.
- Urticaria may appear anywhere on the body and may come and go without warning.
Diagnosis or testing to find out the reason of Urticaria
- Immune system imbalance or disease- blood
- Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisole) – saliva, blood, or urine.
- Intestinal permeability-urine
- Detoxification profile-urine
- Digestive function and microbe/parasitic/candida-stool analysis
- Food and environmental allergies/sensitiveness-blood, electrodermal.
Homeopathic treatment of urticaria
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat urticaria but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat urticaria that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of urticaria:
Arsenic album – a useful remedy in all cases skin troubles when the skin is thickened; chronic urticaria, the sensations are itching, burning and swelling, it also has papules, nettle rash and pimples.
Burning sensitive ulcer with offensive discharge. Specific remedy for urticaria shell fish, which itch and burn, and for repercussed hives.
Antim crude – urticaria of gastric origin.
Dulcamara – suppression of urticaria, with catarrhal symptoms arising. Nettle rash, chronic cases always worse at beginning of winter, itching always on exposure to cold air as when undressing.
Kali Brom – urticaria or acne, with nervous symptoms.
Apis Mel – urticaria, with cold or intermittent fever; there is a sudden eruptions of welts with terrible itching.
Sepia – brownish spots on the skin; urticaria worse from warmth of bed. Chronic nettle rash after milk or pork.
Rhus Tox – urticaria, fever-blisters; great heat, anguish, dry skin, stupefying headache, delirium, with desire to escape; red burning face; red and dry and rough tongue.
Pulsatilla- especially suited for cases coming on after unwholesome food.
Urtica Urens- has intense intolerable fiery itching of the skin from trifling change in the temperature.
Camphor – will sometimes remove the disease when it suddenly comes on after taking acid fruit or vinegar.
Bryonia – when the eruption has suddenly disappeared from the surface and is followed by difficulty in breathing and pain in the breats.