People often ask us about home remedies hives respond to because they want a natural hive treatment. Of course, they also want a remedy that works and some home remedies have not been proven effective. They also want a safe remedy and one that is easy to use. We’ll tell you about the best home remedies for hives and also tell you when it’s not a good idea to try home remedies but better to seek medical attention instead.
While there are many home remedies people use to treat hives, they don’t all work. Some are pretty complicated and some aren’t even very safe. We’ve chosen a few that generally offer at least some relief and that are also safe and fairly easy to use.
Cool Damp Compresses – Cool damp compresses are a quick and easy way to relieve the discomfort caused by hives. Just soak a washcloth in cold water, wring it out and apply it to the affected area.
Baking Soda Paste – Mix a little water with some baking soda to form a paste and apply that to the affected area. This home remedy probably works best if you only have a small number of hives, like if you’ve been stung by an insect; it’s messy and inconvenient to apply baking soda paste all over your body.
Baking Soda Baths – Cool or lukewarm baths with baking soda added to the water may relieve the itching and discomfort associated with hives. Avoid very warm or hot baths, though, which may make itching and redness worse.
Oatmeal Baths – Oatmeal can also be added to bath water to help relieve itching and discomfort. To avoid making a mess in your bathtub and clogging up your drain, use colloidal oatmeal, which is finely-ground oatmeal sold in drugstores for this purpose. If you don’t have any colloidal oatmeal, put a cup of regular oatmeal in a cheesecloth bag or in the toe of a clean stocking and tie it shut. Then toss that in your bathwater. Again, use cool or lukewarm water to avoid making symptoms worse instead of better.
Over-the-Counter Antihistamines – There are a number of over-the-counter antihistamines that can relieve the itching and swelling from hives, including Zyrtec and Benadryl. You can find these at any pharmacy. They are usually effective but may cause drowsiness, so be careful driving or using machinery until you know how they affect you. They are safe for most people, but if you’re taking any other medications, have any medical conditions, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking them.
Our favorite of all the home remedies hives respond to is OxyHives. It’s an all natural homeopathic remedy that works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, itching and discomfort. You just spray a little under your tongue and it’s absorbed through your skin so it kicks in fast. It’s easy to use and can be used anywhere, making it much more convenient than some other home remedies, such as taking an oatmeal bath. To learn more about OxyHives and see if it's right for you, just follow this link to the OxyHives Website.
If you have any serious medical problems and develop hives, talk to your doctor before trying home remedies for hives. Home remedies may still be helpful for you, but you should get professional advice as soon as you can. You may need additional treatment related to your medical condition.
If you develop hives and also have trouble breathing or swallowing, you need immediate medical attention. Have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room or call 911 right away.