9 Natural Remedies for Hives

Hives are the worst; we know. The itching and swelling. The pain every time you move. Worrying about whether this time warrants a trip to the hospital and hospitals are expensive.

They’re medically known as “urticaria,” and they frequently appear in varying shapes and sizes. Most hives last anywhere from six hours to 12 hours, but many patients experience them moving around from place to place.

It can be challenging to find the exact cause of hives, making it frustrating to treat them. Unfortunately, most remedies are targeted towards relief instead of the underlying causes. Makes that trip to the hospital very frustrating, right?

If you want to get the most out of your treatment, you have to understand a few things. First, you aren’t necessarily going to treat the cause itself, only the symptoms. Second, you don’t need fancy drugs or medical intervention for most cases. Instead, you need to understand a few things about the skin.

In most cases, your skin will heal itself, sometimes in a matter of hours without intervention. If it doesn’t there are a few things you can do to make life more comfortable.

We’ve put together a list of remedies that treat hives and relieve the symptoms until they’re able to go away on their own. Let’s get you feeling better.

1. Be Patient

This is the best thing you can do. Patience keeps you calm. The worst thing you can do is to go overboard mixing and matching treatments until your skin is so irritated that you’re one large hive.

Hives aren’t usually associated with long-term complications or dangerous conditions. They can look pretty worrisome, but don’t panic. Since it’s so difficult to pin down the exact causes of irritation, it doesn’t do a lot of good to be anything other than patient. Most of the time, the condition resolves on its own.

Acute cases last fewer than six weeks on average although many cases are resolved within 24 hours. Some basic things you can do to prevent over-irritating sensitive skin are avoiding taking overly hot showers or wearing tight clothing.

Waiting a short time allows your hives to breathe and many times your skin will heal itself without any interventions. Although you may want immediate relief, jumping into the nuclear option will only irritate the hives.

Even if you went to the doctor, there’s a good chance you won’t have anything to show. Unless hives have made their way into your esophagus or are causing you serious pain, the best course of action is simply to wait.