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What are Hives?

admin-ajaxYou might be asking “What are hives?” because you have some unexplainable lumps and bumps or rashes that are, burning, itching or stinging. Does this maybe happen periodically and lasts maybe one or two days but can stay for up to six weeks?

You wouldn’t be alone; around 1 in 6 people suffer with hives at some point in their lives. Hives can happen due to reaction to allergens, stress, heat, insect bites, foods, or sometimes for reasons unknown.

What are Hives?

Hives, also known as urticarial or sometimes nettle rash is an itchy rash on the skin which is caused when the body releases a protein called histamine, this is to protect our body as it thinks it is under attack.  The skin leaks a fluid which causes itchiness and swelling.

How Often are Hive Outbreaks?

Some people might just get hives once, where as it seems most others can suffer from regular out breaks that can come and go for years.

How Severe Can Hive Be?

Again, it varies on severity – it can be just a few raised areas, (small or large spots) or it can cover the whole body.  Some people have chronic hives that can persist for years.  It could be that it will start with just a few lumps but if you do nothing to stop the itch and you scratch the rash can spread and the lumps join creating a nasty, red mass of itchy red skin.

Treating Hives

With Hives, if you suffer regularly, you will know the feeling of them starting.   The best thing at this point is to immediately wash the affected skin – I use the Deep Cleanser Therapy Bar (of course) and take an antihistamine tablet. This is usually enough to stop me scratching and causing a big red mess on my skin, and the skin will calm down in a few hours.

This is because the Deep Cleaning Therapy bar is a natural cold compressed soap with no harmful additives or chemicals, which has antiseptic and detoxifying abilities; it deeply cleanses the skin returning it to its natural state.

If it’s too late for this and the rash has already taken over then I suggest the following treatment regime.

Treatment regime for Hives

Before you go to bed – using the Deep Cleansing Therapy Bar, create a really thick lather; smooth this lather all over the affected area, rubbing it very gently into the rash.  Let it dry – and leave it overnight.

If you have any rashes on the face, eyelids or eyebrows (as I do sometimes) try hard not to rub after  you have gone to bed as the soap may sting if you get it in your eyes, it’s not harmful though and it will be fine in a few minutes, it’s just annoying.

In the morning, have a warm shower or bath or just rinse of the soap with lukewarm water and your skin should mostly be clear, depending on severity if not then the repeat the above until it is.

So there you have the answer to What are Hives, I hope that this helps you as much as it helps me.


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About Rupert Bevan

Rupert Bevan has been involved in the natural world for most of his working life. Rupert studied Horticulture at Pershore College. He gained a degree in Environmental Biology from Bath Spa University and is the Technical and Product Development Director at Syrinx Za International Ltd. Circle Rupert Bevan on Google+

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