Hives Treatment

Digestive Enzymes

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Posted by Laurie Anne (Ridge Manor, Fl, Usa) on 01/11/2011

The best treatment for chronic hives is digestive enzymes. If you do a little research on the Internet related to amylase deficiency you may be pleasantly surprised at how simple it is to cure this acutely miserable malady. I suffered for several years and have tried many alternative treatments, but Taking digestive enzymes with every meal and snack has completely eliminated the symptoms.... I use a generic brand from an herb company that has ox bile as an ingredient and has a blend of amylase, lipase and protease among others. This has been a very liberating discovery and has provided more health benefits than just the skin issues... Check it out!

Replied by James
(Coventry, Uk)

Could you tell me the make of the enzymes please?


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Posted by Michael (USA) on 12/04/2006

This is an old one (from my grandmother) .If you suffer from hives, make dough with next ingrediants: flour, water and salt. Take about two full tbs of flour (you can increase amount, if you need more dough, or have several hives), about quarter of teaspoon of salt and enough water to make not to soft and not to hard dough (thickness, should little softer then vermicelli dough and not sticky at all). Lay over the dough on the hive and cover with linen. Keep it like that until dough crust, then change if there is a need (usually there is no need... hive burst after first apply). While dough is on hive, you will feel warmth and mild, pricking need to worry, that is a sign that hive is starting to "ripen".

Another cure for hives is Plantain (plantago major). Just apply its fresh leafes on your hive and cover it with linen. Change this every hour, until your hive burst.

Dry Brushing

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Posted by Sarah (Leicester, Uk) on 01/03/2013

Hi, I've suffered with cronic urticaria for 6 months... I've been allergy tested for everything to no avail and am taking constant high doses of certirizine. When very severe I have taken steroids which clear it up for about 2 weeks. After another week of swelling from top to toe (literally! ) I found this website the night before another trip to the Dr for more steroids... Wow... I dry brushed my entire body, had a tepid shower and smothered myself with bio oil (the only thing I had made from mineral oil) before going to bed. My rash is always worse in the morning so I didn't know what to expect but I woke up so the tiniest rash and jumped for joy! As recommended I have also invested in some oil of oregano (capsules for ingesting) and charcoal to try and alkalise my body, reducing toxins and acidity. I thing the suggestion is to apply the oil at night, dry brush in the morning then shower. I hope this helps someone. This is a horrible condition with no medical answers so finger crossed and good luck to you all.

Dry Brushing
Posted by Maria (Silver Spring, Md, Usa) on 12/15/2010

Activated charcoal did not work for my hives, but dry brushing, oil of palm and alkalizing did: I had a horrific case of hives, all over my body for about 3 months. It was triggered by taking acidophilus pills, which I believed would get rid of yeast that was causing my toenail fungus. I took the pills twice a day for about 3 weeks. I almost died. The pills did kill a lot of the yeast, which generated so much toxins I broke up all over. I had hives so bad that it looked as if someone had whipped me. I was itching so severely I could not sleep at all. I could not go out. I got a horrible case of athlete's foot, I had a vaginal yeast infection, my ears itch to the point of burning. I was desperate and clueless as of what was going on. I tried activated charcoal and hardly made a ripple. Then reading this site I realized that I had toxins coming out of my skin because I was so overwhelmed with the that my lymphatic system could not get rid of them quick enough.

I started dry brushing before showering, and that helped a lot. A night I would apply oil of palm all over my body for further relief. I started a plan to alkalize my body: stop eating acidifying foods like chocolate, black tea, red meats, etc. And using Ted's alkalizing formula of lemon and baking soda. I added alkalizing foods like cayenne pepper, celery, beets, raw spinach, etc.

The hives and itching went away 100% after about 3 weeks. It has been 4 months and I am free. The itching went first, and then the hives. While I was still healing I helped myself by drying extremely well after showering and by eating mint leaves to minimize the hives. I am now slowly introducing antifungals like garlic, oregano tea, Niacinamide and borax to help me get rid of the excess yeast in my body. The key is to do it slowly, as to not trigger a horrible reaction.

Replied by Maria
(Silver Spring, Maryland, Usa)

This is a correction to my previous post. Instead of oil of palm for hives I meant to say Palm of Christ, which is another name for Castor oil. I also wanted to add that using a zinc shampoo (for dandruff) instead of soap helped me with the itching and hives.

Replied by Wendy
(Centreville, Virginia)

Hello...I too have been suffering with chronic uticaria. Could someone please explain dry brushing? I have not heard of this. Thank you all for all your comments!

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn.)

HI U WINDY, , , , , , a very good procedure for dry brushing is in the archives of EC. Look it up.


Eliminate Wheat

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Posted by Lalaland (Los Angeles, CA) on 11/28/2014

Greetings all! Wanted to chime in this discussion in the hopes that I can help someone.

Earlier this year I suddenly started having was super uncomfortable. I would wake up at four with hives all over my body and would get them at various times of the day [they tend to manifest at the same time everyday].

Anyway, I did tons of research as to WHY I was getting these hives! After much trial and investigation I realized that I was GLUTEN SENSITIVE--or at least that I was having this issue because of GRAINS. I stopped eating wheat and also other grains--oatmeal, rice, etc.

It took about 2-3 weeks but the hives went away..until I ate some soy sauce [has gluten] and got the hives again....then went away until I ate flour at a restaurant that claimed there salmon was served with a "butter" sauce...who knew that it had flour in it? Anyway, I got hives again. I called the restaurant and sure enough, they fessed up about the flour. I took a good week for the hives to go away.

Its been about 4 months since I cut out grains and I am happy to report that I no longer have the dreaded hives!!

Now I see the hives as a blessing: my body was talking to me, telling me that grains were not good for me. They were ALSO causing me to put on weight and causing aches and pains.

Since cutting out grains four months ago I have lost about 2 dress sizes [I also later cut out sugar three months ago] and my constant knee pain is also gone!

No way would I consider going back to my old habits! I hope this post helps someone. Consider cutting out all grains for 3-4 weeks, then eat them again. You might find you improve by cutting them out--then a flare up when you add back in. But then, you'll have your solution!

Writing this as I am so sad to see so many people paying their docs good money only to be given meds or topical creams that don't work.

Lastly, grains, nut and diary are very related in some ways...also try cutting out the latter two items...people that have problems with grains can also have problems with nuts and dairy. [you can google this]

Good luck!! :)

""Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates


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Posted by Glen (Australia) on 05/09/2016

A Bitter Sweet Cure of my Urticaria:

I've had chronic urticaria for the past six months. One day I just broke out in huge hives and welts on legs, thighs, buttocks and other places including face and lips. Hives mainly came up in the mornings when I'm about to get up. They are very itchy for around half an hour, then for the rest of the day they basically disappear.

I had a fall down my front steps several weeks ago, I hurt my ankle and back, ended up in hospital overnight and during that time I didn't eat for 24 hours. The only thing I had the next day was a cup of weak black tea. From the day I left hospital, I've only had a couple of very small hives one or two days, but now they have completely disappeared. That was seven weeks ago.

I feel having that 24 hour fast has changed the metabolism of my system which has resulted in curing my urticaria.

This could have been a blessing in disguise and could be helpful to others with the same issues.



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Posted by Helen (Long Island, NY) on 02/06/2009 7 posts

I wrote yesterday about having hives which I attribute to taking molasses. Well, after trying many remedies for the hives, I finally have relief from rubbing the hives with garlic! I was so desperate that I remembered garlic was so good for so many things, what did I have to lose. I tried it on a little spot and since it didn't burn, I tried it on another spot and it seemed to take the itch out. I am hoping it is the magic remedy. I have used many of the remedies on Earth Clinic and most of them have worked, so I hope this one does too. I love Earth Clinic; it is the first place I go for first aid.

Garlic and Lime

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Posted by Joyce (Abuja. Nigeria) on 09/24/2015

Garlic and Lime can cure hives:

Grate (or blend) a clove of fresh garlic, (or start with half a clove). Soak it in warm water for 5minutes. Strain the juice into a mug. Add freshly squeezed lime juice (3 or 5). Add 500ml water to the garlic and lime juice and drink last thing at night and first thing in the morning. Good luck.

Please be sure to use fresh garlic (not bottled garlic powder) and fresh lime, (not lemon). It works.

General Feedback

Posted by Lilly (Dayton, Oh) on 10/15/2012

I am wondering if my muscle aches (polymalgia, what the doctors think I have) and hives could be related. Not sure if they are hives. Couple of months ago broke out in hives all over. Was able to finally get rid of them, but now on occasion I will break out in small welts that itch tremendously. I sometimes wake up with a swollen eye, which does go away after a couple of hours. Or in the middle of the day I might all of a sudden get a welt on the palm of my hand or other various parts of my body. Then after reading some post, was wondering if it could be dust mites in my bed and if this could all be related to my muscle aches which I have had for over 2 years.

General Feedback
Posted by Philippa (Surrey, Bc, Canada) on 07/20/2011

I have read several times about hives "breaking out". What does this mean? What happens when a hive bursts open?

Replied by Livinlife
(Austin, Texas)

Hives don't actually burst breaking out means they start developing at rapid pace and can't seem to stop.

Replied by Kuku
(Gt, , Grand Cayman)

Hives have many reasons, many of them autoimmune. Do some research on MAST CELLS disease. I have body heat hives (exercise hives), pressure hives, photosensitivity etc. There is new supplement available called Quercetin. Do research and try.

General Feedback
Posted by Alena (San Francisco, Ca) on 04/03/2011

I have been suffering from what I think is hives for the past two day. Some history-

For the past 3 weeks I have been on a liver cleansing diet (Fat Fl--h) toward the end of the 3rd week I forgot to take the suppliments and the physilium husk/ cranberry water as reguraly. Some one reminded me when you are losing weight especially fat then the toxins that are mostly stored in thoes fat cells get released in the blood stream and somehow have to be flushed out if you are not keeping regular bathroom visits it does not get out of your body quickly enough. The released toxins could be the reason for my hives? The hives developed under my chin and on my shoulder in the same area where I had a hard to get rid of pimple.

On this diet I have been taking-

milk thistle, evening primrose oil, flax seed oil and lots of ACV. I was already on a no sugar, no carbs, no beans, or dairy products diet for the hives I have tried castor oil rubbed directly on the affected area and started taking some caprylic acid. The hives are not increasing in area but are still very itchi.

Would love to hear any comments. It's ironic that I should get hives for the first time when my system has been cleansed. Perhaps it has to get worse before it gets better?

Gluten-Free Diet

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Posted by Ravi S (Dallas, Texas) on 12/20/2009

I would strongly urge all Hives sufferers to stick to strict Gluten free diet and check if there is a difference. Gluten is a nightmare for a few people, that throws their immune system crazy. Hives as a side reaction to Gluten allergy has been overlooked.

Replied by Jose
(Salt Lake City, Ut, USA)

About 2 years ago, I started having hive outbreaks that completely changed my lifestyle. Initially I and the multiple doctors I visited had a difficult time identifying my body's reaction as hives. They started by appearing as crescent shaped welts as well as targets, or circular welts with clear centers. Not long after, however, these outbreaks became quite severe. Tightly clustered hives formed super hives the size of dinner plates on my chest, back, and legs. I also experienced deep tissue hives that I could feel below the skin and near joints, which caused painful swelling. In addition, as if things were not bad enough already, I also suffered from pressure hives--too much physical pressure actually caused hives! I couldn't even carry a basket at the supermarket without my hands swelling from an outbreak.

Eventually, I found a naturopathic doctor that helped me identify my outbreaks as an immune dificiency. It turns out that I developed an allergic reaction to gluten, which was basically in everything I was eating. At the time all this happend, I was in my mid-thirties and in relatively good health. Cutting gluten out of my diet helped tremendously, but I found a few things that helped with my condition prior to receiving my diagnosis.

If I did nothing, my outbreaks would pass within two or three days, which was just far too long for me, so I found a few different ways to move the hives out of my system within a day to half a day. In some instances, I was able to rid the current outbreak within a few hours.

1. Cayenne pepper. I took cayenne pepper to increase blood circulation. I added 1/4 tsp to a glass of water (8 oz) and chugged it once or twice a day. This might be too much for some people (it was too much for me at times), so I would recommend experimenting with this measurement. As bad as it was at times to drink this concoction, it was worth the relief.

2. Physical exercise. Again, the idea was to increase blood circulation. I joined a local field hockey team and we played 3 times a week. This was better than a treadmill because it was fun, I made new friends, and I got the serious cardiovascular workout I needed.

3. Sea water. I was visiting the Dominican Republic for a wedding and had a breakout every single day that I was there. I discovered, however, that taking a dip in the ocean soothed my outbreaks and got rid of them pretty quickly. I never actually tried it but perhaps an epsom salt bath would also help? Anyway, I include this here in case it helps someone reading this even though I only used it during my visit.

4. Juicing. Hands down this is the best thing I tried for hives AND my gluten allergy. I bought a single auger juicer for about $260 (US). The reason I decided to juice is because I not only wanted the vitamins and minerals, but I wanted to make sure I was also getting the live enzymes that come from juicing. I mostly juice vegetables and some fruit. Initially, I juiced every day for about 3 weeks. I made some form of green juice and had a tall glass of it right away. After that time period, I juiced a few times a week instead of everyday. By the way, I'm not talking about juice fasting. All I did then, and continue to do now, is incorporate juicing into my existing diet.

There are obvious benefits to juicing, and with a little research you can find certain recipes for different ailments. I have a favorite one that I make specifically for heavy metal toxicity, which I suspect is the cause of my pressure hives. The overall result from jucing? I rarely have any hive outbreaks anymore. They're all but gone. I can also have foods that contain gluten such as pasta, breads, ketchup, soy sauce, beer.... The list is endless. Although I can have it again, I'm choosing a cleaner diet. I'm able to carry a basket at the supermarket again and I want to keep it that way.

Hives Triggers

Posted by Kate77 (Hudson Valley, Ny) on 02/19/2015

It's been below zero in the Hudson Valley for over a month with no January thaw. We have forced hot-air heat and DO RUN a humidifier because of the dryness. I take lysine, Vit. D, C, B-complex, acidophilous, Kelp, and drink a green drink each day with psyllium hulls, chlorella and spirulina. Yesterday when I came home it was so cold. I put on my fleece thermal underwear and low and behold, felt very itchy on my back. After several minutes of scratching and no relief, I realized I had hives! I removed the fleece (polyester), had my husband put aloe vera on my back and put on a cotton T-shirt. Immediate relief! But this morning my back is irritated from all of the scratching I did. I usually wear only cotton, so that my body can breathe. Lesson learned.

Replied by Mr. Ree

Kate77, If your clothing was new it contains bromide which can cause horrific hives...I know several people who got bad cases from new mattresses. Sealy being the worst. "Bromide is a flame retardant that they put in carpeting, furniture, mattresses, clothing, computers, iPhones and automobiles-just to name a few." (to quote Stephanie Buist). The punch line is the flame retardant does no better job from stopping a fire than without it...You can "Google" the test results. Another govt. regulation that is causing the public it's health, but making someone a lot of $$$.

Replied by Timh
2063 posts

K: In addition to other good replies, in an effort to reduce the inflammatory response, increase Cold Water Fish in the diet or supplement Fish Oil and/or Flax Seed Oil. Brazil Nuts or supplemental Selenium is a very important antioxidant that insures protection of the sensitive Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Also be sure to take a Vit-C that has additional Citrus Bioflavonoids. Turmeric and Pineapple are good anti-inflammatory foods.

Hives Triggers
Posted by Blueplanet (Hong Kong) on 06/25/2012

I never had any hives in my life until recently. On retrospection, I realized that I became unusually obsessed with baking soda on these dates. I suspect that my hives were linked to my excessive intake of baking soda.

Baking soda neutralizes stomach acid, which is needed for proper digestion of proteins. The connection between low stomach acid and chronic recurrent hives was relatively well known and described in medical journals in the early and mid-20th century:

If lack of stomach acid is a real cause of chronic hives, then should we (victims of hives) include foods that increase secretion of stomach acid?

Replied by S.
(Charlotte, Nc)

I agree that lack of stomach acid could somehow contribute to hives. I've only had them twice that I can remember. My triggers have been staying awake for 36 consecutive hours (face), and drinking pau d'arco tea (calves).

I DO have stomach issues that I've previously taken Chinese herbs for. I've been off the herbs for a while now and the stomach issues have returned. Both times I've had hives have been times when I haven't been on the herbs.

My calves were extremely itchy when I woke up this morning. I gave them a good scratch. I initially thought I'd been bitten by bugs while I was sleeping. When I took a good look, I could see that it was hives.

I'm going to try topical coconut oil (organic unrefined) first. If it helps, I'll post here.

Hives Triggers
Posted by Itchyscratchy (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 01/28/2011

Dr Ted
Firstly I'd like to say yours is one of the best natural healing websites on the net. Well done. I broke out in a severe rash of hives over the last weekend and I have never been allergic to anything in my life. The only change I have made recently is that I started taking Acetyl L Carnitine with Alpha Lipoic Acid as a cognitive supplement, which I might add is FANTASTIC in that regard. I started the ACL and ALA three weeks before the onset of the rash, which lasted four days and led to a short course of Prednisone and Phenergan. Could the supplements have been the cause of my new friend - Hives!
Thanking you. ItchyScratchy

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