Hives Treatment: Q&A

Last Modified on Mar 27, 2012

What Else Can Be Done for Hives Induced by Exercise?

03/27/2012: Patricia from Santa Monica, Ca: "Hi Ted, I've been suffering with exercise induced chronic urticaria my entire life and have found little relief. I just started oil pulling again, I am pretty good about drinking a little ACV in water every day. I take oil of oregano occasionally and grapefruit seed extract as well. I still get hives every time I exercise. Any tips for prevention? I was told that this is due to a fungus in the body. Thank you :)"

Acute Hive Remedies Needed

01/01/2009: Irene from Elk Grove, CA: "Anyone have any ideas? I suffer from acute hives, facial swelling and ichy spots that start out in the size of quarters then grow to huge swollen welts ??? help!!Please!"

01/07/2009: Rosy from Orlando, Fl replies: "I used kayopectate(sp) on my hives. It worked great. Just put it on like calamine lotion. You can get it at any drug store or wall mart."

05/20/2012: Mclovin from Saint Petersburg, Fl replies: "I have suffered from chronic hives (daily) since 1994. I have been on every allergy med known to man!

On a fluke, my husband mentioned my pH balance. I went to the vitamin store, bought some pH testing tape and pH-basic herbal supplements. It turns out that I was DANGEROUSLY ACIDIC (5.0)! This morning, my pH levels are 5.8... Less than 24 hours after taking the pH-basic!

Doctors don't want to tell you that a majority of people's problems are pH balance related! They just want to get the pharmaceutical companies money! I really hopes this helps. As someone who has suffered from severe daily hives for 18 years, and popped 250mg of allergy meds every 6 hours, I know what I'm talking about!"

Immunoglobulin Injection

07/27/2008: NReddy from Bos, USA: "I'm suffering from Hives more than 2 yrs and i heard about the Immunoglobin Injection, taking 1 dose of injection for every 30 days can control hives within 3-4 months. Has anyone tried?"

07/28/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To NREDDY from Bos: Are you on any medication that can cause the hives? Blood pressure medicines are bad for this. You can call the pharmacist for a rundown on all medicines you are taking and their potential for causing hives. You can also go on line and search them for yourself. Hives can also be caused by allergies. If this is the problem, over the counter Benadryl or its generic version Diphenhydramine Hcl should alleviate the problem. The usual adult dosage is 50 mgm about 4-6 hrs. apart 4X/day."

07/06/2012: Amanda from Kingsland, Ga replies: "I am amazed that no one has mentioned stress. My daughter was diagnosed with cancer and my stress levels have been through the roof! My doctor recently prescribed me xanax, but I am still breaking out in hives! But, only at night. I wak up every moning covered in them! After my own research on the internet it turns out that hives can result from exhausted adrenals caused by stress. I meet with the doc tuesday & I am going to talk with him about everything I printed up."

Apple Cider Vinegar and Dietary Suggestions Needed for Hives

06/15/2008: Reddy from Raleigh, USA: "I am suffering with chronic hive since 2 years. i used doxipin,zantac,allegra and other allergic anti histamines.but no I started taking Apple cider vinegar,zyrtec daily once still my hives are not gone completely.They keep comming for no reason. my question is Do we need to take ACV daily morning on empty stomoch or does not matter?. Also Could you please suggest about diet as well to cure the hives."

06/08/2009: Nancy777_68 from Portland, or replies: "You should actually go on a low histamine diet. Many foods are high in histamine or block DAO, Diamide Oxidase, a chemical produced in the gut that helps to flush histamine from the body. Foods such as vinegar, apple cider, grapes, citrus, etc can cause your DAO levels to plummet and your histamine levels to become toxic and thus present as hives. It is called histamine intolerance. Go online and look at histamine free foods and keep to it, you also need to look at the possiblity of celiacs or and thyroid disease as these can also cause histamine intolerance and hives or uticaria. Good luck. PS, most soft drinks, teas and chocolate are off limits too."

10/03/2011: Fly from Mableton, Georgia, Usa replies: "My daughter is 7 and weighs 55 lbs. How much Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda can I give her safely to try to cure or control her acute hives. Please help... She is miserable and I am exhausted from being up every night with the poor thing."

Chronic Hives and Endotoxins

06/23/2007: AD : "Hello, I stumbled onto a post you wrote in response to someone who had chronic hives and you recommended a few things, including baking soda to help with a buildup of endotoxins. I guess I just wanted to know more about this. I had hives 5 years ago and they last for two years. We never found a cause and it felt like torture. Now that I have them back, I've been doing hours and hours of research, but what you said seemed really interesting to me. I guess I would just like to know more about endotoxins and how the baking soda helps."

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Anna: I have the hives too, and I find the cause to be endotoxin bought on by the acidosis, which increases bacteria as well as causing your own body to poison itself since certain chemicals in your body such as vitamin C becomes a prooxidant instead of antioxidant whenever there is acid.

Certain people get the hives in presence of sulfur, which means the body has too much sulfur producing bacteria, and it is the hydrogen sulfide which can also cause skin to hive also. For example some people get the hives just taking a bath in sulfur smell water spas.

Baking soda taken at least 1/4 teaspoon, in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day is helpful. Apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda can also slowly take up the pH to be mroe alkaline also. However, an optimum dose for different people is different, which is why a pH meter is more ideal to finding an optimum dose for different people. Most people seem to need 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 2 x times a day, but this is not uniform and pH meter would offer a more accurate picture. I don't generally use pH paper because they are quite often has values that are way off, even the more expensive ones.

The two things I found helpful to the hives beside pH is a solution of zinc oxide, 10% applied to the skin as it neutralizes hydrogen sulfide to form zinc sulfide. The other is a strong 100% solution of ethanol alcohol, which I think is a "controlled substance" in more developed country, but 100% ethanol is more like simple alcohol found in vodka, but its alcohol content to be lower.

At certain times hives can also be caused by certain endotoxin which can be removed by applying petroleum jelly and rubbing if off. IT will never the less cause a staining of the towel or cloth whenever you rubbed them off the skin, but I prefer to add a small amount like 5% zinc oxide to the petroleum jelly as for skin cleaning also.

In other cases hives can be initiated by fungus, and an easy remedy is just to take a bath in borax solution. I don't know why borax is not popularly used as a shampoo, or soap, but I find it most valuable in ridding of fungus on the skin, and in some instances I will add 1% hydrogen peroxide with the borax to also remove them.

Certain kinds of more exotic bacteria not mentioned creates endotoxin such as blastocystis hominis allows the body's immune function to be digested by the microbes secretion causing hives as a result. Those again I sometimes take 6-12 drops of 3% H2O2 in a glass of water, sometimes adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda also. If getting the intestinal pH to 8, usually the endotoxins which creates hives from a hydrogen sulfide bacteria, as well as the blastocytis hominis would be reduced by over 90% allowing the intestinal floral to be normal. Usually the food I would be careful with is the sweets, such as ice cream, fried foods, COMMON table salt (pH= 5), white bread, are the major ones that can create acidosis, resulting in hives also. Therefore adding SEA salt (pH=7.5-8.5), not common table salt, 1/4 teaspoon of per liter of water, can also reduce the bacteria which create endotoxin as the sea salt are often both alkalizing as well as salinity to kill them along the intestinal tract. Usually these harmful bacteria that produces endotoxin are both sensitive to oxygen and alkaline.

In some other cases, the inability of the body to reduce ammonia can also cause hives, but I think some glutamine (5 grams) supplements can reduce that. Magnesium and zinc are quite important natural antibiotic supplements as well as an important mineral required by the body that also kills and reduce bacteria, which cause endotoxins also, in particular, the staph and strep bacteria."

07/04/2013: Loretta from Snellville, Ga replies: "Ted: I need to write and tell you THANK YOU! I have rosacea, which is complicated by a sufur intolerance. I have researched a lot about sufur intolerances and was doing everything suggested: low thiol diet, supplementing with magnesium, zinc, Vit B complex, molybdeum, EVO, vit A, and using the Oil Cleansing Method and icing my face. All of this helps, but never totally got rid of the breakouts. Then I read your suggestions for sulfur rashes. I raised my pH by using 1/4 teas of baking soda 2x per day and that has made all the difference! It is the thing that clears up my facial rash breakouts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Loretta, age 54

I do have one question: how safe is it to take this on a daily basis, over a long peroid of time? I have been using it for 3-4 weeks. I tried to skip a day (based upon your suggestion to go 4 days on and 2 days off) - and immediately I broke out again. Thanks again for all your willingness to share your knowledge. I hope someday to be able to edify others as you have me."

07/05/2013: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Your feedback indicates baking soda has to continued without breaks as your body is very acidic. Ted"

Suggest Some Remedies for Chronic Hives on Skin

11/14/2006: Jacqueline from Melbourne, Australia: "A friend of mine suffers form chronic hives on her skin. These appear on a daily basis & seem to be stress related. What can you recommend?"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Jacqueline: Stress related chronic hives are often due to the body's imbalance of hormones, adrenal exhaustion and immune suppression. Immune suppression occurs when stress happens. Reducing stress is obvious. Common remedies for adrenal exhaustion includes taking licorice extract one tablespoon a day.

Immunity can be raised by taking additional zinc supplements or iodine painting on the feet three days per week. Hormone imbalance can be corrected somewhat by taking vitamin B complex, in particular vitamin B5, panthenol or pantothenic acid. Finally, chronic hives is a condition of endotoxin buildup which can be relieved greatly by normalizing the pH. Take a minimum of 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus one half glass of water once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Take more if you have to until your pH is within normal range, such as 6.5-7.0 Most hives can be lessened with alcohol, the more the alcohol content the better. Lavender will also reduce hives when applied to skin. A copper chloride solution of 2% can be applied too, but may cause green tinge, temporarily but you need to apply this as often.

The three most important things to reduce hives, at least for me, is getting urinary pH to normal, stop eating all sweets and this includes fruits, avoid fried foods, and take zinc supplements, preferably zinc acetate, but never zinc sulfate or zinc oxide."

01/17/2012: Cass from Bakersfield, Ca replies: "I have chronic uticaria that was once considered to be due to stress but is no longer due to that. The first time I had them it lasted two years and tried two prescriptions that did not help as well as not finding cause. They did stop though. After two years they reappeared and were worse. Doctors again were unable to figure them out and tried claritin. Zyrtec. Allegra. And one other script. Also tried benadryl which did help reduce at times. With my own research. Testing. And observation of my body I have found that I am allergic to polyester and that is the cause of the hives. Since removal of polyester from closet bed and room the hives are almost always gone unless accidental connection for extended period of time."

03/16/2012: Irene from New York replies: "I have suffered from chronic hives for 15 years and at some point decided there was nothing I could do about it and basically have been itching and hiding my welted skin and medicating with zyrtec which does provide relief sometimes.

Then I found earthclinic and after digging through all the great advice I decided to actively combat these hives. For the past week I've been taking Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day and taking a 500mg lysine vitamin. I've rubbed castor oil and baby oil on my skin and the itch goes away. I'm not sure which one of these variables it is but it's amazing how much my hives have improved using these natural remedies! Try them!"

How Long to Take Baking Soda Water

AD : "Thanks for all this great info! A few more question if you don't mind. How long do you think I would have to take Baking soda water in order to control the acidity? Why is my body unable to control excess acid? Is there a specific form of Borax that I would use? Have you ever used Hydrogen Peroxide internally (diluted of course) or a hydrogen peroxide bath? One last thing. My hives seem to be acting the same way everyday. I get up in the morning and have hives. I shower and they start to go away fairly quickly. I take some different meds during the day and I was see a lot of improvement during the day. Then at about 8-9pm, no matter what I do, the hives comes back. Is there any reason for getting the hives back at night? Is there something the body always does at night like release toxins or something?"

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Hives are easy for me to handle, at least just for me only. It is the magnesium and zinc supplements I take as well as getting the urine pH to 7 with baking soda. Sometimes if the body is deficient, than it is the molybdenum or the vitamin B complex. The cause for my hive is from either sulfa drugs antibiotics, or the deficiency of minerals mentioned. Although my case may be in a minority, it works for me. Certain other supplements mentioned in last email were also helpful.

The urine pH is often acid near the early evening hours since the body's need for oxygen increases. Therefore if that happens, taking baking soda 1/4 teaspoon 2-3 hours before the hives strikes may help. Magnesium 250 mg and zinc acetate (or zinc gluconate) 50 mg supplements may help too. Vinegar applied to the skin may also reduce the hives. Generally hives will reduce if the body is sufficiently alkaline as the body endotoxin is too high and it becomes autotoxic, and hence the condition of the hives. Getting more frequent bowel movements will reduce the endotoxins too. The other issue that may help is to reduce heavy metal loads such as chlorella supplements.

Actually the meds usually initially kill the bacteria but makes it worse once the meds are stopped as meds are acid forming and seems to cause hives indirectly. Sulfa drugs (found in antibiotics) caused me to go into extreme hives by the way from frequent use. They also bring the body into vitamin B complex deficiency and molybdenum, which are helpful to protect against fungus, which may also lead to hives.

The shower reduces the hives because the chlorine basically destroys them, temporarily but will come back worse since chlorine are acid forming, and not quite healthy. Perhaps magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia) applied to the skin will kill or at least reduce the hives. Those can be purchased from a local drug store and quite cheap and worth a try.

The reason why the body is basically acid is our dietary preferences for acid forming foods, such as sugar, fructose, salami, ham, white flour, fast food, soda pop, coffee, meats, etc. The alkaline foods are in a minority which are vegetables and sometimes fresh fruits. As a result of this imbalance there is a need to take more vegetables and baking soda to reduce the excess acidity. Most diets are in fact acid forming."

04/28/2009: Sunshine from Knoxville, TN replies: "I, too have recurring night hives. I have tried everything I could think of- changing detergents, dustmite prevention and treatment, lotions, rinsing them with alcohol or antibiotic ointments, herbal remedies, OTC and Rx anti-inflamatories and antihistamines...

Showering, for me, does not seem to help reduce irritation or itching, except while I am in there and as long as the water isn't too hot. Hot water actually increases the itching. I have also noticed it is mainly on my legs and bikini area (anywhere I might shave). So I tried changing soap, razors, and shaving creams to no avail. I am still loking for an effective treatment... Taking suggestions!"



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