The medical term for hive is urticaria. Hives are usually allergic reaction to food or medicine. These appear as raised, red, wheals on the surface of the skin. These are often itchy. Allergic reactions to a drug or food cause body to release chemicals that makes skin to swell up. Hives are very common they usually go away on their own. They can occur anywhere on the body and vary in size and shape they can be small like a mosquito or big like a dinner plate.
Causes of hives
- Allergic reaction to drug, food, pollen
- Insect or sting bite
- Sun exposure
- Nervousness or stress
- Inflammations caused by virus
- Excessive perspiration
- Infection such as mononucleosis
- Illness like lupus, autoimmune disorder, leukemia)
Clinical features of hives
- Wheals appear anywhere on surface of skin
- Size small or large
- Burning sensation
Diagnosis of hives
Mainly depends upon clinical features
Complete blood count mainly done
Treatment of hives
Homeopathic treatment of hives – 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 hives but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for hive’s treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the treatment of hives:
Apis Mel – head hives remedy. Worse by warmth in bed, itching and burning but no thirst, circumscribed swelling which may be red or pale with violent itching
Urtics Urens – this hives remedy should be given when Apis fails. It has the similar symptoms as in Apis, except it has frequent urination.
Pulsatilla – this hives remedy acts best in cases of hives of gastric origin. Hives with vomiting and diarrhoea
Rhus Tox – excellent hives remedy for the cases in hives with burning and itching which is better in warmth and heat.
Dulcamara – remarkable hives remedy. Hives over whole body, itching , burns after scratches; worse in warmth, better in cold, rash before menses.
Other important hives remedies are: Arsenic Album, Radium Brom, Astacus, Natrum Mur and many other remedies.
Allopathic treatment – mainly include antihistamines, h2 receptor antagonists, tricyclic antidepressant.