Hives, medically known as urticaria, are raised white or yellow bumps
surrounded by red, inflamed patches of skin. Hives usually cause a burning
sensation at first, which soon gives way to intense itching. Aside from
these symptoms, the course of hives is unpredictable. The rash may erupt
suddenly and then disappear almost as quickly, or it may linger for weeks
or even longer. It most often appears on the arms, the legs, or the trunk,
but it can develop on any part of the body; sometimes it erupts in one
place and vanishes, only to appear somewhere else.
Although we don't tend to think of skin as an excretory organ, it actually
plays a significant role in allowing toxins to pass out of the body. During
the flu, for example, the body's temperature rises so that the virus can be
expelled through a cleansing sweat. Just as poisons leave the body through
sweat, they can also be excreted via skin eruptions like hives. Hives, like
the symptoms of the flu, are an indicator that your body has detected a
toxin and is trying to eliminate it.
An episode of hives is most frequently a response to an allergen or an
irritant, which in either case is a normally harmless
substance that produces a toxic response in your body. Possible allergens
and irritants include insect bites, cosmetics, perfumes, detergents, and
household cleaners. Certain foods may also trigger an allergic response.
Shellfish are notorious for causing hives, but dairy, meat, and poultry are
frequent instigators as well. Any food made with additives, preservatives,
or pesticides may also produce a reaction. Some people with chronic or
recurring cases of hives find that their triggers are frustratingly
ubiquitous: heat, cold, sunlight, and stress have all been known to bring
on a rash.
Drugs and viruses can also cause hives. Antibiotics, especially penicillin,
cause hives in some unfortunate people; during a bacterial infection, they
will need to work closely with their doctors to determine the best course
of medical action. Lately, doctors have linked viruses like hepatitis B and
Epstein-Barr to hives, and the fungus Candida albicans has also
been known to trigger the disorder.
Some people suffer from recurring hives due to the effects of stress. In
these cases, it is important for them to incorporate stress-reduction
techniques into their lifestyle. Also, hives can be symptoms of more
serious conditions, such as parasitic infections, hepatitis, cancer,
hyperthyroidism, and rare blood disorders.
Anyone who suffers from chronic or recurring hives should consider that his
or her digestive system may not be functioning properly, thereby forcing
the skin to throw off toxins that would normally be excreted by the
intestines. A close review of dietary and lifestyle habits is in order.
The good news is that hives, although irritating and itchy, rarely pose a
significant health threat. In almost all cases, they disappear from the
skin without leaving a scar or other marks, and they do not damage any
other organs. The best treatment is to identify the irritant or the toxin
and avoid it; you'll also want to employ methods that help you speed up the
detoxification process. Sometimes, however, hives can cause the tongue and
the throat to swell up; breathing becomes difficult, if not impossible. If
you have hives and experience any trouble breathing or swallowing, you have
a medical emergency. Call for medical help immediately. If you know that
you are prone to severe hives, keep an emergency adrenaline kit on hand.
Prescription for Natural Cures by: James F. Balch,
M.D. & Mark Stengler, N.D.
Super Prescription #1 Homeopathic Apis
- (Apis mellifica)
Take a 30C potency every fifteen minutes, up to four
does. This remedy is specific for hive outbreaks where
there is itching and swelling.
Super Prescription #2
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This nutrient reduces the effects of histamine, a
chemical that is released by the body during an
allergic reaction. Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg three times
daily. Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs. Use a
non-acidic Vitamin C product.
Super Prescription #3
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This nutrient reduces the effects of histamine, a
chemical that is released by the body during an
allergic reaction. Take 1,000 mg three times daily.
Super Prescription #4
Phyto Greens - Super Greens
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Phyto Green Products.
Take daily, as directed on the container, a blend
containing super green foods such as chlorella or
spirulina. You can also take these supplements
individually. They support detoxification and
Super Prescription #5
- (Articum lappa)
Take 300 mg or 3 ml three times daily to support
detoxification of the skin.
Super Prescription # 6
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Taking 1,000 mcg of the injected form (given by your
doctor) one to three times weekly can help reduce the
severity of acute hives. The oral form is not as
effective, but you can take 400 mcg of sublingual B12
Super Prescription #7
Take 300 mg three times daily of a freeze-dried nettle
product. Nettle leaf has an antihistamine effect.
- Burning or itching white bumps appear, surrounded by areas of redness and
- Hives may appear anywhere on the body and may come and go without
- Response to an allergen or an irritant
- Certain drugs, especially antibiotics
- Infectious agent
- Poor digestion
Foods to Avoid
If you have a chronic case of hives and cannot identify the cause, it is
highly recommended that you buy food in its natural state whenever possible
and prepare it yourself. This eating plan will drastically reduce your
chances of encountering a food allergen.
Everyone with hives should make it a priority to follow a high-fiber diet
that includes oats, brown rice, beans, and raw fruits and vegetables.
You'll improve your digestion and reduce the necessity of expelling toxins
through your skin. If your hives are triggered by sunlight, eat lots of
deeply colored vegetables. They're high in carotenoids and will improve
your skin's resistance to the sun.
Essential fatty acids reduce inflammation. Eat cold-water fish several
times a week; if you're following a vegan diet, add flax seeds to your
salads, or use flax seed oil as a dressing.
Candidiasis may be a factor in persistent hives. Although live active
yogurt is generally recommended for people with candidiasis, you should
stay away from it if you are allergic to dairy. Instead, try kefir or
sauerkraut. Many people with dairy allergies choose to drink sauerkraut
juice daily - an acquired taste, to be sure, but one that goes a long way
toward replacing the friendly bacteria that fight Candida albicans.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. You'll flush out
impurities and encourage the health of nearly every body system, including
Hives are often caused by a response to a food allergen or an irritant.
Some people can't even come into contact with allergenic foods, let alone
ingest them, so stay as far away from these as you can. Any food can
conceivably cause hives, but shellfish, dairy, eggs, cured meats, citrus
fruit, and peanuts are the most common triggers.
Avoid foods that prevent your body from functioning optimally. Processed,
junk, and refined foods all depress your immune and digestive systems, even
if you're not allergic to the. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics that pull
nutrients out of your body. Since your poisoned system needs all the
support it can get, stay away from these substances.
Digestive problems are linked to all skin disorders. Do not eat meat, fried
foods, or foods high in saturated fat; they take too long to travel through
the intestines and lead to constipation. Avoid dairy products, as they slow
food down on its way through the digestive system.
Aloe vera reduces inflammation and is soothing to the skin. You may smooth
a cream or a lotion directly onto the hives for temporary relief; to
address the body's imbalances more directly, drink aloe vera juice.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is a good all-around tonic for
hives. Used in a cream it relieves itching. Drunk as a tea, it eases
If you need more potent relief from stress or anxiety, drink valerian (Valeriana officinalis) tea once during the day and again just
People with skin disorders often have stressed livers. Milk thistle (Carduus marianus) will help cleanse this crucial organ. Find a
product standardized for 70 to 80 percent silymarin, and take 200 to 250 mg
An oatmeal bath can reduce itching. Add a cup of oatmeal powder, such as
Aveno, to a warm bath. The other alternative is to put oatmeal into a
cheesecloth bag and tie it with a string, hang it under the faucet or float
it in the tub. Soak in the warm bath for five to fifteen minutes. When
you're done, pat your skin dry so that a film of oatmeal is left on your
skin. This film contains the anti-itch properties of the oatmeal.
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