To heal hives, rinse the skin with cool water, and massage Tea Tree Essential Oil into affected area three times daily.
A ten-minute soak in a lukewarm oatmeal bath can help relieve itching. Rubbing an ice cube for a few minutes will constrict the blood vessel, prevent further blood leakage, and shrink the hive. Stay cool and wear loose clothing, including shoes.
Soaking in a bath of water and vinegar will relieve the itch of hives, and is a good alternative to Benadryl or other antihistamines. The vinegar bath will relieve the itch almost immediately and calm the hives.
Do not eat tomatoes, shellfish, strawberries, or citrus fruits while you have hives.
Parsley inhibits histamine and can be blended into carrot juice to taste better. Nettle taken in capsules contains enough histamine to help and not enough histamine to harm, while containing other substances that help heal hives. Take this three times a day. Jewelweed (Jewelweed Anti-Itch Spray) can stop itching instantly when applied topically.
Wash the skin several times a day with vinegar water: 1/4 quart natural apple cider vinegar to two quarts water.
Vitamin C and Vitamin B-12 will help ease hives from allergic symptoms and prevent recurrences. Beta carotene is particularly effective for hives caused by the sun.
Take evening primrose oil (two 500 mg capsules three times daily).
An antihistamine, like Benadryl, will help relieve hives.
A hive that doesn't go away after 24 hours or leaves a bruise behind is not a normal hive. For that, a doctor should check for thyroid disease.
Hives around the eyes or in the mouth, or difficulty breathing, are signals to get to an emergency room. (Hives in the throat can cause the throat to swell and close, bringing on suffocation.)
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