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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Hives

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author image Carole Anne Tomlinson
Carole Anne Tomlinson is a registered nurse with experience in rehabilitation, nutrition, chemical dependency, diabetes and health problems related to the elderly. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and is presently working on her master's degree in nursing. Her screenplays have been viewed by Merchant Ivory, Angela Lansbury and Steven King's associates.

Hives, raised red bumps on the skin, occur because of a histamine response in the body. The body's defense mechanism releases histamine in the body to fight off a perceived foreign material invasion. Some people suffer from acute hives because of allergies to foods, medications and fabrics. They react to extreme temperatures such as cold and hot. Hives may occur for reasons related to a history of lupus and thyroid illness, MayoClinic.com says. Following up with the doctor and devising a plan to prevent the hives from recurring remains the best defense regarding this skin issue.

Relaxation

Most people react to stress in a negative way. Some people get emotional; others break out in rashes, such as hives, MayoClinic.com indicates. Learning ways to fight the everyday feelings of stress can help detour the hives from recurring. Taking long walks, reading a book, going to the gym or taking a relaxing bike ride may help. Whatever makes you feel the most relaxed can help the stressful feelings calm down.

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Identifying Triggers

To get rid of hives naturally, investigate which chemicals can produce a breakout. Knowing the ingredients in makeup and hairsprays, shampoos, dryer sheets and soaps can help you try to locate the cause behind the hive reactions, MayoClinic.com says.

Diet Change

Allergies also can result in a hives breakout. If you have an allergy to a particular food such as peanut butter, eating it can trigger the symptom. Many people break out in hives because of a peanut allergy. Avoiding foods that contain peanut oil and peanuts, or whatever food starts the hives reaction, may help symptoms disappear.

Medication Change

Medications also can induce a hives breakout, so one way to stop this problem is to consult a doctor. If you discover a connection between an over-the-counter medicine and hives, that particular form of medication typically has alternatives. Knowing which medications cause hives remains an important tool in the prevention of hives, MayoClinic.com indicates. Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications including ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen sodium may worsen hives.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Drastic changes in temperature may cause hives to occur in some people. If you experience occurrences of hives related to temperature, avoid these extremes with protective clothing in the cold or staying out of the sun on hot days.

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