Urticaria and the main characteristics
Urticaria or hives is a medical term for the skin condition characterized by the red and itchy patches of various shapes and sizes that can appear anywhere on the body. Even though allergic reactions often result in hives, they can occur because of some other causes as well, and among the most common are viral infections, extreme temperatures, sunlight, or even some autoimmune disorder. However, it is interesting that there is a number of cases in which the real cause cannot be identified and people who suffer from this condition do not really know what has caused it. There are various types or urticaria, but the symptoms that are more or less common for all of them are itching and burning sensation, and sense of heat.
When it comes to the treatment of this condition, it is mostly treated with oral antihistamines, but this way, only the symptoms are treated, and not an underlying cause. Besides antihistamines, oral corticosteroids may be used, as well as tricyclic antidepressants and, in very severe cases, epinephrine shot.
Homeopathic remedies for urticaria
Alternative medicine offers a lot of solutions to many health conditions, and homeopathy as a branch of it has a wide range of remedies that can be used in the treatment of urticaria as well. They have proven to be effective and helpful, which is why they should be given a chance, particularly when having in mind that there are no side effects that the person should fear of. Some of those that can be used are:Apis mellfica is suggested in cases of urticaria where the itching is becoming worse at night, or where the patches are painful and tender, and with the tendency of becoming purple.Arsenic album is useful when the burning sensation needs to be relieved, and when the symptoms tend to worsen after the midnight, which makes a person anxious and restless.Boavista is a homeopathic remedy that has proven to be helpful in cases when the entire body is covered in urticaria, and itching is worsening with the increase of warmth.Dulcamara can be given a try in cases where the main symptoms are followed by cough and edema of glands, and fever, and when the blotches tend to disappear in cold, while they appear again in warmth. Also, people who are exposed to frequent changes of the weather can use it.Sulphur is effective when urticaria occurs on arms, face, neck, hands, feet and when it is followed by nausea and headace.Sepia is good for chronic urticaria, which first occur on face and neck, and then spreads further.