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Home Remedies for Hives

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Hives, also known as urticaria, are defined as a sudden outbreak of swollen, pale-red bumps or plaques (welts) on the skin.

Hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to a substance that you encountered or swallowed. Due to the allergic reaction, your body releases a protein called histamine, which in turn results in itching, swelling, redness and many other symptoms.

Some of the common triggers of hives are certain foods (nuts, chocolate, fish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries and milk), latex, chemicals, pollen, food additives, animal dander, infections, medications, and insect bites or stings.

Also, hives can occur when you get too hot while spending time outside on a summer day, are exposed to ice cold water, or as a result of stress. Moreover, many cases of hives are idiopathic, meaning that there is no known cause for the condition.

Hives rashes usually have clearly defined edges, appear in varying shapes and sizes, and can be very itchy. They may appear within minutes of exposure to a trigger, or you can have a delayed reaction of more than two hours.

While hives can be uncomfortable, they are usually harmless and will disappear within a few hours or days. However, you can always explore your kitchen and garden for some simple natural remedies to get relief from the symptoms.

Hives home remedies

Here are the top 10 home remedies for hives.

1. Cold Compress

Most skin allergy specialists suggest cold compresses as the best topical natural remedy for hives. Cold temperature helps shrink the blood vessels and block further release of histamine. This in turn alleviates swelling, inflammation and itching.

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a cloth. Place it over the affected skin for 10 minutes at a time, three or four times a day.
  • You can also take a cool bath or shower as needed to calm skin inflamed by hives.

Note: Never put ice directly on the skin.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another popular remedy for hives. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce inflammation as well as itching.

  • Add one-half to one cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with warm water. Mix it in well and then soak in this water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Alternatively, put two tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl. Add enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste on the affected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

You can use either of these remedies once daily or as needed.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another good remedy for hives. Its antihistamine properties will help relieve inflammation quickly and regulate the body’s immune system response. It also plays a key role in restoring your overall skin health.

  • Add two cups of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes once daily.
  • Alternatively, dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and use it to wash the affected skin two or three times a day.
  • You can also mix one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Add a little lemon juice and honey to improve the taste. Drink this three times daily.

Follow any of these remedies daily until your condition improves.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal works very well for hives. Its anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties help provide relief from itching and help your skin heal quickly.

  • Combine one cup of baking soda and two cups of ground oatmeal. Add this mixture to a bathtub filled with warm water. Stir it well and soak in this water for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy this soothing bath twice daily until your condition improves.
  • Alternatively, mix together two cups of oatmeal, two tablespoons of cornstarch and enough water to form a paste. Apply the paste on the affected skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy once daily.

5. Ginger

Known as a ‘wonder drug’, ginger can be used to treat hives due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. Basically, ginger targets the genes and enzymes that trigger inflammation, in turn improving circulation to the skin, relieving swelling and reducing itching.

  • Boil one-quarter cup of brown sugar and one tablespoon of fresh ginger in three-quarters cup of vinegar for several minutes. Mix a little of this solution with warm water and dab on the affected skin several times a day.
  • Alternatively, peel the skin off a small piece of fresh ginger root and gently dab the ginger onto the inflamed skin. Do this two or three times daily. You can chill the ginger root in the refrigerator first for an added cooling effect.
  • You can also drink ginger tea or chew on fresh ginger pieces a few times daily.

Follow any of these remedies daily until your skin heals completely.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is another natural remedy for hives. It contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help reduce redness, inflammation and itching when applied topically. Also, when taken internally, it stimulates immunity and helps eliminate inflammatory toxins.

  • Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the affected skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy several times a day until your skin heals completely.
  • You can also drink two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily to boost your immune system. This remedy should be avoided by children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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21 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Hives”

  1. we’re new to hives thanks for the information we not have a good way to fight my girlfriends Bartow with these awful hives she feels miserable at times and we appriciate this information. thank tou for your suggestions

  2. I have had a horrible allergic reaction to aloe Vera after putting a small amount from a plant on a sunburn on my bra line on one shoulder. I now have blistering, hives all over my chest and neck that itch profusely, the Dr. put me on prednisone because the reaction is so bad.
    I have used aloe all my life with no issues until now. I am going to try Apple cider vinegar compresses to see if it will help.

  3. My mother sometimes faces sudden red itchy feeling and it goes away on its own but sometimes he feel irritated.. this is helpful thank you as she avoids antibiotics .. which is safe antihistamine she can take in case of total non avoidance

  4. ive tried apple cider vinegar and itl think my skin has improved a lot , it pooks much smoother and fresh looking. i have yet to find out if its reappy effectve for my hives

  5. my skin has improved a pot and became much smoother and fresher. but i have yet to prove if its effective for my hives

  6. I’ve had a bad case of hives since Sunday morning. Haven’t eaten anything different but I do have a lot of extra stress. More than usual with my mother having bad case if dementia and now my sister is under hospice care. I’ve tried the baths with epsome salts and baking soda. Work wonders but only for a limited time. I’m currently trying the apple cider vinegar compress. Thanks for all the different options

  7. I was up all night Gene and I went online and saw that apple cider vinegar help and I drink it with a cup of water and I thought we leave instantly thank you

  8. Thanks a lot I’m gonna try this I think what caused my hives is stress I had someone really close to me die and for the last 5 months I had hives I tried everything but natural remedies. To let others know do not try prednisone steroid if offered temporary solution same as all other tablets once you stop all comes back. If any of you have any other methods email me

  9. I’m having a sudden bout of an inflammatory response to “SOMETHING”! I remembered that Vitamin C is an anti-histamine, so started taking 500mg chewable. ThenI remembered I had some reconstituted lemon juice in the fridge. Poured some onto a paper towel and patted it on one arm. Immediate relief, even though it stung a little–I’d been clawing my skin off for several hours. I decided to pour some into a small squirt bottle and began spraying myself. I also had some Avalon Organics Vitamin C cream and gently rubbed som on top of the sprayed on juice.

    In 10 minutes I am feeling MUCH better, Hives are still visible, but the horrible itch continues subsiding.

    I did put some ACV on both arms after reading this info. I will bathe in a combo of the two until this is done.

    Thanks for the rest of the tips.

  10. I’ve had what most dermatologists are calling hives for 2yrs now. They ITCH like you can’t imagine. In the last six months what seemed mostly contained to my arms, neck, chest and scalp has moved/spread to my face and eyes.

    I am in a living hell.

    I’ve taken several kinds of anithistamines along with ranitidine every morning and night. I’ve done topical ointments. None of this works well but it does keep me from wanting to peel my flesh off. My eyes however for the last 6months have burned and itched every second of the day and night. I’ve been using prescribed eye drops (not with antihistamines though bc those are like $100 and the VA doesn’t carry them.)

    These symptoms have persisted through trips to 8 different countries, hotels, camping, new apartment, new bedding, new soaps, no soaps, new diet, pets, no pets, new clothes, etc etc etc. You name it I’ve tried it.

    I have scabs from scratching.

    I wake my self up every night from scratching. Have not slept more than 5hrs in so long I can’t remember.

    I’ve done multiple allergy tests both skin and blood work with mixed results ranging from no allergies to blood work showing I’m deathly allergic to dust. Which seems new since I have never had any allergies that I’ve noticed for the first 45yrs.

    I’m begging, praying, screaming, crying for help.

    Prednisone and prednisolone (steroid) work like a champ and I’ve taken those 10-20mg a day on and off with the longest period being around two months which I was told to stop doing but it seems to be the only thing that truly stops this hell.

    Clariton, Telfast, singular, cetirizine, etc.

    Any help? Or hope?

    Not that I’m vain or anything but now for months my forehead looks terrible. Eyes are red and Luffy all the time.


    1. I had a case of the hives for 8 and 1/2 months and had accepted the possibility that I had an autoimmune condition where it was speculated that a histamine was being produced in my blood to which I had an allergy. I googled autoimmune conditions and found that Hydro Colon Therapy was recommended for many autoimmune conditions. I found a licensed therapist who told me that I could have something in my colon that my body was trying to detox through my skin. I scheduled a visit and began seeing her. On the first visit she told me that she thought I needed 3-4 visits. On my 3rd visit , my session was very productive and I quit breaking out. That was in 2011. I have just woken up for the 3rd night in a row broken out in hives on the backs of my legs. I have seen my therapist on a regular basis since I first started and will be making an appointment in the morning. Meanwhile she has recommended Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid and lots of water. Good luck! I know how frustrating it is!

    2. Listen very carefully my dear Friend all u have to do is ”tis get up in the morning drink 2 glasses of water on empty stomach n exercise for 15minutes. Then have a warm shower have a decent breakfast n go to work.

  11. U need to get a biopsy done. Maybe it’s a staff infection and your body is constantly keeping it at bay but cannot destroy it. I once had MERCA for about 5 months and was Mia diagnosed 4 times when finally they took a biopsy and was a deadly staff infection.

  12. Hi…I’m not a doctor or a dermatologist. I have had hives 2 years ago. Drink 1 glass of pure pomegranate juice (without adding sugar or anything to it) REGULARLY everyday​ WITHOUT SKIPPING even one day for 3 months. Drinking this juice naturally purifies blood. Have patience. You would see the results after 3 months but not immediately. I did this and got rid of hives. This might work for you. Try it.

  13. Use Virgin coconut oil for the itchy skin, it is 100% effective. Rub the oil around the itchy skin for about 30 seconds, it will be absorded into your skin. By rubbing the oil for 30 seconds, your skin will absord the VCO

  14. It all started with salmon that I had for Dinner Aug 16,2017 the next day I wake up to my ears inflated, I came home from work to take Benadryl and let my body rest, what I thought was over only just begun. I started to feel inflammation all through my body the hives were huge never had hives like this before, I went to the ER they gave me steroids and Benadryl what I thought was working was only making my body worse.
    I started to get stomach pains from the medication my body was reacting in defense mode to everything and anything. 2 weeks later I wake up to half of my face swollen and had to rush to the ER again they gave me IV Steroids and Benadryl, feeling better they again prescribed me with more steroids and Benadryl the next day its as if nothing ever happened I was fine, Sunday came around the hives started to come back, huge and they hurt so bad I was crying everyday, finally went to my primary doctor where they gave me an antibiotic shot in my behind, which clamed everything down, gave me some hydrocortisone pills to take for itch and burn was taking those for a bit and stopped because I was getting stomach pains, the hives yes after 7 weeks are still here, I just want them to go away and all these doctors don’t know what is causing it, I done it all change the sheets stop eating this and that and they still appear I can tolerate them but they are still there.
    I just want help to take this away for good something that will boost my immune system to stop my body from fighting with itself.

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