Hives Treatment

Posted by Martin (Oxford, England) on 02/24/2012

I have just had my third ever attack of hives - and I've found a common cause I think - walking outside with cold air on my face.

I know it is coming on because my scalp gets really itchy, then my face an torso just bubbles up. After a couple of hours it dies down if I can resist itching!

I'm a professional analytical hypnotherpist as so I'm now going to go on the attack! I believe that allergic reactions are simply normal reactions that are excessive - so I use hypnosis on my clients to simply reduce the sensitivity - and it works - but I've never worked on hives before.

Has anyone tried hypnosis for hives, and if so, how did you get on? And if anyone lives near Oxford in the UK and has been suffering for a long time, I'll be happy to work with someone for free to see if my analytical approach is appropriate. Just contact me if you are interested.

So I'm now going to develop a programme for myself and see how effective it will be - watch this space!

Banana Peel
Posted by Sarah (Littleville, Alabama, Usa) on 11/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Rub the inside of a banana peel anywhere you have hives. The itching will be gone in a second or two. You won't be sticky or anything, it soaks in just like lotion, nice and dry, not greasy. You still need to figure out the cause if it's a chronic condition, but you won't itch anymore!

Banana Peel
Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 11/23/2011

Liquid starch (the blue liquid) in cool water (use in sink to soak feet or hands, or in bath for whole body, enough to make the water feel starchy) will relieve the itching of hives. Soak for as long as you can and do not rinse.

Posted by Jfm (London, England) on 07/28/2011

I have a 10 year old daughter who has been suffering from Hives for the last couple of months. She has outbreaks every few days with a red, itchy, lumpy rash all over her face, her legs, her torso and inside her lips.

I was thinking of starting her on Vitamin C and L-lysine as I have read that these could be helpful for Hives. The problem is I have no idea whether L-lysine is safe for children to take. I wonder if anyone on this site can please advise me?

Thank you.

Posted by Janet (Kendal, U.k) on 07/29/2011

Talking from my own experiance, I have found bathing in vinegar or hp the very best relief and they've gone now.!!!

Posted by Jfm (London, England) on 07/29/2011

To Janet from Kendal, Uk. Thanks for your reply. When you say your hives have now gone was that due to bathing in the AVC or Hydrogen Peroxide? If so, what quantity of AVC or HP did you use in the bath? And how long did it take before you completely got rid of the hives? Thank you.

Posted by Jfm (London, England) on 07/30/2011

To: Janet from Kendal. Thanks for your interesting reply. Just wondering if I've understood you correctly. Would I use both the vinegar and the Hydrogen Peroxide in the bath at the same time? (2 cupfuls of each)? I know what you mean about the Hydrogen Peroxide, just the name of it scares the hell out of me. I think because it sounds so chemical, I have visions of some mad scientist with a test tube in a laboratory with Hydrogen Peroxide bubbling away in it.

I don't know if you will know the answer to this but is Hydrogen Peroxide safe to use on the face? Is it dangerous if you get it near your eyes?

I will also try and bribe my daughter to drink some Apple Cider Vinegar, she tried it once and hated it!


Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 07/30/2011

RE your daughter not liking apple cider vinegar, try hiding it in Apple Juice.

Posted by Janet (Kendal, U.k) on 07/31/2011

I use either or but not both. the HP is so diluted as not to have affected my face, however I did don a shower cap because I didn't want it bleaching my hair.

I would wash the face with a cloth rather than submerging in it and avoid the eyes.


Posted by Laurie Anne (Ridge Manor, Fl, Usa) on 07/26/2011

After finding temporary success with many therapies such as ACV, digestive enzymes and an antihistamine diet, I am very pleased to share that I have permanently resolved my hives by taking lugols iodine 2% 2-6 drops, twice a day in water ( with 1/2 tsp. ACV when I remember ). As advised on other websites, I also am mindful to continue taking selenium, magnesium and vit. C, but not at the same time as the iodine (vit. C ). I have been suffering from this condition for 3 years and found it to exacerbate with heat, many different foods and stress.

Apparently iodine is beneficial for every dermatological condition, as it is used by every cell in the body, with increased use by the endocrine system ( yes it balances the thyroid, regulates estrogen production and diminishes cysts in the breasts and ovaries ) and the skin. You could easily substitute iosol iodine and take appx. 6-10 drops twice a day to get a similar effect. I recommend these two products because they have iodine and potassium iodide and the body needs both for optimal health. Iodine has numerous other uses and benefits and I am now recommending it to every one I know... It's well worth the cost and I have had no side effects except some fatigue for the first few days of use. Iodine will displace other heavy metals and I also advise researching "bromism" or bromine toxicity as well.

Posted by Tasi (Toronto, Ontario Canada) on 09/04/2023

Thankyou for your post. I too have developed the same description rash and bumps. Is there a brand of iodine that you recommend? Have there been recurrences of your rash and itch? I realize your post is old, but who knows, you may still get this email. Thankyou.

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?

General Feedback
Posted by Livinlife (Austin, Texas) on 12/20/2011

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

Digestive Enzymes
Posted by James (Coventry, Uk) on 04/12/2012

Could you tell me the make of the enzymes please?

Dry Brushing
Posted by Maria (Silver Spring, Maryland, Usa) on 12/16/2010

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.

Dry Brushing
Posted by Wendy (Centreville, Virginia) on 12/13/2014

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!

Castor Oil
Posted by Megh (Fremont, Ca) on 10/23/2010

I have been suffering from chronic hives since last two weeks, I am taking zyrtex , zantac, prednisone and doxepin. I read about the castor oil remedy and very eager to try it. How should I take it orally, like once a day or just apply it on the affected area?

Oil Pulling
Posted by Kr (Roanoke, Va) on 05/04/2012

I totally get the not being able to talk about your hives! :D

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cyncla (La Mesa, Ca, San Diego) on 08/26/2010
1 out of 5 stars

Hello! I have been suffering from hives for almost a month. I recently found your website and started drinking the ACV, it's been five days since I started and I haven't seen any change. I'm desperate and don't know if I should continue with the ACV, and if so, for how long? Can anyone out there help. It will be deeply appreciated.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cheree (Adelaide, Australia) on 08/16/2010
1 out of 5 stars

My son has suffered from hives for months now, several trips to the GP offered no results. This web site suggested ASV which he tried for many weeks with no obvious results and also colloidal silver which he was taking orally 3 times daily and topically twice daily still no improvement. The rash comes and goes and some days it is much worse it terms of severity and coverage over his body than others. After 6 weeks his condition was considered chronic (urticaria) and he had seen the dermatologist twice still with no cause known and no improvement. He itches until he bleeds, is covered in little scabs where he has scratched, can't sleep because he itches and is becoming fed up. The doctors think it is an over active immune reaction to a small cold he had months ago but keep assuring me the condition will burn itself out, its been nearly 10 weeks now and we are still waiting. Kids at school are calling him a leper, he is 16 years old so says it doesn't bother him but I see it is all adding up. He is taking over the counter antihistamines currently ALLEREZE 10mg morning and night. Also PHENERGAN 25mg in the evening which is aimed at helping him get some sleep but also makes it tough to get him out of bed. About 3 weeks ago the Doc's suggested SINGULAR 10mg which is apparently an asthma preventative that they thought might help... $100 later still no improvement. Next step is to see a dietitian to rule out any food allergies. Love to know if any one else has any ideas???


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cheree (Adelaide, Australia) on 08/17/2010

Also, his white cell count is normal. He is not getting any swelling in his mouth, throat or tongue. He is getting joint pain in his knees and ankles which is quite acute and renders him unable to function but luckily this is not often and may be unrelated. Cheree

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kitty (Perth, Australia) on 05/16/2011

Hi, I have just come across this water therapy for hives. I hope it helps anyone reading this - it seems to have helped many others who wrote in. Scroll down to Sam's post.

Posted by Joseph W. (Gilbert, Az, Usa) on 01/29/2016

Amanda, in order to prevent gallstones, make sure you're getting adequate Vitamin K2 and magnesium. (It doesn't matter whether you get them from diet or supplement, though K2 is sourced from some exotic foods and many people need to take a supplement for it.) Calcium desposits play a role in gallstone formation. Vitamin K2's primary function is to take calcium out of soft tissues (bloodstream, kidney, gallbladder) and to put the calcium into the places where it should go -- bones and teeth -- via osteocalcins. Magnesium also assists in this process. Thus, Vitamin K2 is a very good way to prevent gallstones, kidney stones, and even artery calcification. It cleans the arteries, strengthens bones, and helps prevent heart disease at the same time.

Additionally, see Earth Clinic's own gallstones cures page ( for more information about gallstones.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kami (Leechburg, Pa) on 03/07/2010

had hives two years ago for about 12 weeks. used prednisone with antihstamines until it went away...continued antihistamines even after hive were gone to prevent another out break...have hives again ..still on antihistamines and prednisone again...

what is the correct measurements for the acv with or without baking soda to drink...and if u apply it to the shin, how long do u let it sit on your skin before washing it off...obviously dont want to leave it on all day...thanks

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christian (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 12/20/2011

I have a family remedy that my parents have saying, wash grains of rice (it has to be raw rice) then with your mouth, chew until it it becomes a white paste- this only works on acute hives though.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 07/28/2012

Hi Zarahlin, Can you get yourself to a good Traditional Chinese Medicine/ Acupuncturist right away? They will be able to take care of this for you. They see the body very differently in this ancient method of healing. I am certain of its efficacy. See if you can get it resolved before you leave to Belize so it doesn't make you miserable during your holiday! Try not to be discouraged, Lisa

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Janet (Kendal, U.k) on 07/28/2012

I have suffered these awful things myself. After reading up on the subject I would highly recommend antihistamine intially, I feel for you knowing the distress they cause. Alkalising my diet help immensely too. I used tropically and interally ACV with BS. Of course these were diluted in water. Good Luck and enjoy your trip. These tips will bring instant relief but keep up with them for a while after the hives have gone usually 2-3 days. BTW. I also take tumeric daily now and that address a lot of internal issues.:)

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 07/31/2012

When I used to get hives for many years, I took 50 mg of Benedryl several times a day, as directed. They seemed to come out more at night, probably from the heat of the bed covers, especially on my hands on feet which would swell and felt like I was walking on big rocks. To get some sleep, I would fill the bathtub with cool water and pour some blue liquid starch into the water until it felt "starchy. ". A nurse told me to do this and it helps, at least temporarily. Sometimes you need almost a whole bottle of starch but it is inexpensive. If you wake up and don't want to do the bath, just fill the sink with cold water and some starch and put your hands or feet in for a while until your skin isn't hot and you can feel the hives stop itching. Let them air dry. Good luck! By the way, the stress and excitement of the trip may be a contributing factor. I would get them if I was worried and under stress and also when I was very happy and excited.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Mollie (La Puente, Ca. United States) on 08/02/2012

The only thing that helps my son with hives is ZYRTEC allergy medicine.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Coco (Irvine, Ca) on 11/08/2012

Hi Lisa from Thousand Oaks. Not sure if you're still on this site but I would like to ask you if you know of a reputable TCM practitioner that deals with hives?

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 11/09/2012

Hi Coco, Well, actually any good Traditional Chinese medicine Dr. should know what to do for hives. Because of the way TCM works, there are many reasons for hives. The Dr. would know from checking your pulses, your tongue and sometimes palpating your stomach. This tradition works very differently from western medicine. In western medicine hives would just be seen as hives. In TCM, it is a symptom of some organ/s not working correctly. They would then treat you accordingly. I have had this symptom myself and through both acupuncture and herbs it was corrected.

Through the years, I have had several Chinese acupuncturists of which, all of them have been really good. I have been with my present Dr. though for 9 years. Interestingly, my previous Dr. had to move and it was a Saturday in which I was desperate for a treatment so I did a search for certified acupuncturists in my area. This is how I found my present Dr. and I trust him completely. I have sent him over 30 people and everyone has had successful results. Anyway, my point is, do a search for certified acupuncturists in your area and then decide accordingly. Once you've gone, I think you'll know if they're right for you. Hope this info helps. Lisa

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Jme (To, Ca) on 12/03/2012

Lisa: who do you see in thousand oaks?

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 12/03/2012

Hi Jme, I have been seeing Dr. Kim at Bodhi Acupuncture for many years now- about 8. He is located in the shopping center where the DMV is. His phone number is 241-7775. I'm not sure what you're going for but he has helped numerous friends and family I have sent to him. The one thing I tell my friends is, he is a quiet, serene man but don't be afraid to tell him everything you are concerned and/ or are dealing with. He's also a Chinese herbalist and has made me many tonics over the years. Hope this info helps. If you have any more questions, let me know. Lisa

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Carrie (Los Angeles) on 09/27/2015

I've had a form of hives for the last 4 years which started after taking antibiotics. I've been taking Allegra every day for it but still suffer with hives almost every single day. I just started seeing a Chinese Medicine Doctor and am taking a mix of herbs and have had 4 sessions of acupuncture. It's been about 3 weeks of treatment and I definitely see an improvement. The outbreaks are more controlled/less severe. But I also have been drinking about double or triple the water I usually drink because I have to wash down 6 herb pills after every meal. So I'm wondering if that has something to do with the decrease in the severity of the hives. Hoping to see more improvement! (Western medicine pretty much abandoned my case! )

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Syn (Melbourne) on 10/15/2015

I have a history of urticarial but haven't had it for years. I've had to keep on eliminating foods from my diet to the point where I'm now gluten free, sugar free, diary free, no chocolate (I cheat - it's 90% seriously dark) no processed foods, no soy, no foods containing lectins, or salicylates, all I drink is filtered water and one black coffee a day. Most of my food is organic bought from local farmer's markets.

A few weeks ago my hives started coming back! I get them around my mouth, a different place each morning, this morning I woke up to find my top lip so swollen I looked like I'd overdosed on botox or that someone had punched me. I get them in clusters on my arms, at the bottom of my buttocks, palms of my hands, near underarms. today, I've started drinking more as my system feels sluggish and slow and I need better elimination. I'm hoping it will work as I don't take pharma drugs, only vitamins and supplements/minerals/herbs.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 10/29/2016

I used to suffer with hives too. I know how awful they the burning and itching and it can get sore all at the same time. If I had them again, I would take collodial silver and you can buy a cream with that in it. I always felt my blood was too hot. Thought I would give you my thought on this. Hope you find a cure

Gluten-Free Diet
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dodge (Lincoln, Ne/usa) on 12/11/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I have been dealing with chronic urticaria of around 20 years. Each year they get a little worse. For the past 5 years of so I have been dealing with them with Cimetidine and Cetirizine. During warmer weather I can get by with very little but when it gets colder I need more. When winter hit this year it got really bad and I was taking a lot of Cimetidine trying to slow it down. Was not working and I was getting concerned. I found the information about using ACV and gave it a try taking it three times a day. Within 2 days the wheals where gone just a little iching or tingle left. I have even been able to cut back the meds to more normal summer levels. I have not played with different amounts of ACV yet but pleased so far.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shireen Ali Williams (Port Of Spain, Trinidad) on 09/30/2011

Good nite, my daughters 16 and 4 yr old both have hives. I need help- could Ted please help?

Dietary Changes, Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamin C
Posted by N. Williams (Doral, Florida) on 08/21/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Hi All

I live in the Caribbean and 5 years ago I suffered with the worst case of Hives. It affected even my eyes and made the white appear soft and jelly-like!! I missed a lot of work, could not sleep in the nights and visited three doctors and one herbal doctor. The last Dr. was an allergy doctor who could not test me because of all the anti-histamine tablets in my body. Eventually I stopped taking the meds, because my body had just enough of it and started to take a blood cleanser, which worked. Granted that my hives were starting to go. It recently came back and because I am more knowledgeable about it now, than I was then, I read where a raw vegetable and fruits diet will help to clear it up fast. So I tried it, and my hives did not come on as bad as the first time. In fact, it is very tolerable. I continue to take anti-histamines...only in the night. I take the cleanser in the morning. And I only started drink ACV last night, so I have not seen any true results from it yet, but I feel confident it will work. I don't eat any fruits or veges that have a lot of acid. And I only drink water ( not alkaline ). I attribute mines mostly to stress because I have been under a great deal of stress when I had both episodes. Making the scarifice in your diet, and keeping your stress down, helps tremendously. You will loose weight but, if you want it to go, and to be able to sleep, try have nothing to loose. I also read where taking Vitamin C is very good. I am also using it in 1000 mg strength. Hope I have offered some help here.

Liver Cleanse
Posted by Kimmy (Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh India) on 11/13/2010

Sure shot medicine for Urticaria:
Hi all:
Please try an ayurvedic medicine called Kynatomine from J and J DeChane. Please look it up on the net. Have 2 tablets 3-4 times a day and you will see tremendous improvement within 10-15 days. Complete cure is something you can expect! You can order it online. The second medicine to try is called Hemoplex, again from DeChane. Have 1-2 tablets 3 times a day with warm water and honey. The Kynatomine is to be had only with plain water. Please try it as these medicines are 100% ayurvedic and have no side effects. Don't have both simultaneously. Try one at a time. Look up these medicines on the net. TRY IT.

Apple Juice
Posted by LMB (London, UK) on 01/27/2009
1 out of 5 stars

Hives and apple juice: I'm not sure who thought drinking apple juice would help with hives. Most of us who have allergies to pollen are allergic to apples and eating or drinking apples only makes hives worse. Avoid apples if hives break out.

Posted by Iris (Sydney, Australia) on 03/06/2021

Hi there. Curious if your mother ever had hives again?? Did the Lysine work completely?? Thanks in advance—Iris

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Lulu (Lafayette, LA) on 05/27/2009

A friend sent me a link to this site, and I decided to try ACV and Baking Soda for my hives. I mixed 2 teaspoons of ACV, 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda and 1 cup filtered water. We'll see if they are any better later in the week. I started spraying a mixture of 1/2 ACV and 1/2 Filtered water on my hives 6 days ago. They have "gone down", but seem to come back within a few hours. This stuff smells awful! But the scent does go away after a while and is worth it to me! I have suffered from the hives for over a year now. They cover my back, my torso, and my arms and shoulders. They itch horribly at times. I have been to doctors, who just give me an antihistamine, a shot of cortisone and a cream, but they come back within 2 weeks! I have also gained nearly 30 pounds, and feel it has been from the cortisone. I have tried Neem Soap, Cream, Sulfer, Valerian, and anything else that I have found could possibly heal them naturally. So hopefully it is just a Ph thing and ACV will heal me! That would be awesome! Does anyone know how long it can take to get rid of the hives with ACV?

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Mackenzie (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/01/2010

Helen, I was wondering if you had facial swelling with your hives as well? If so, did you rub toothpaste on your face?

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Meez (Jamaica Plains, Ma) on 09/13/2012


What they found was that adding baking soda to the wheal (hive) slices actually made the wheals worse by increasing carbon dioxide, even though baking soda shifted the pH to alkaline. They increased and decreased the pH using an acid (similar to vinegar) or base (similar to baking soda) but the hives still flared because of carbon dioxide, CO2.

I've had hives for 13 years. Tried every medicine out there and even experimental ones. The only one that works for me now is Methylprednisolone.

I found this forum when searching for things to treat a minor hive flare up I had recently. I was browsing here and read about ACV and Baking Soda being helpful because it changed pH toward alkaline. I decided to try Baking Soda because it was the only thing I had around late at night. I took 2 tbsp's. An hour later I ended up having one of the worst attacks of hives i've ever had. Racing heartbeat, dizzyness, headache, trouble breathing, itching like mad, weakness. It lasted for 2 days straight. I only slept one day for 4 hours.

When I couldn't sleep, or barely move, I started looking up how Baking Soda could mess up my hives. I read that one of its normal function in the body is to release CO2. Then I found the study above.

My hospital, Mass General, now has an online system where I can check all my records back to 1993 when the hives started. This includes blood tests, xrays, reports, etc...

I started looking through my blood tests and the weird thing is that I found in ALL my blood tests i've always had PERFECT pH. BUT , I've also had high CO2 levels since 1993. Which is strange because high CO2 should make blood pH acidic especially over the course 13 years. The baking soda should have helped becaue I have high CO2.

So.. I browsed around and read that any Vinegar, even ACV and Baking Soda cancel each other out when mixed. That's why they fizz. That's means they can't both have an effect. That must mean that there is something in ACV only that is helping people, even if they take both ACV and BS.

I started looking around and found that there are 3 very powerful Anti-Inflammatories in ACV... Caffeic Acid, Ferrulic Acid and Ursolic Acid. Ironically I have already tried all of those supplements two years ago. I didn't know they were in ACV at the time. I found them when I read in different Allergy and Immunology journals that they help reduce Inflammation and are in trials for different diseases.

Caffeic Acid is in Coffee, but didn't know that until recently. Coffee always helps my hives. I thought it was the caffeine at first, but then tried caffeine alone as a pill and it made my hives worse. Last night I found an article that says Caffeine increases sensetivity to CO2. Amazing.

I bought the Ferrulic and Ursolic Acid as isolated supplements not in any food or herb. They are actually popular in Bodybuilding. They all helped me some, but I needed enourmous amounts which I couldn't afford to keep buying. In the large doses I had some terrible side effects anyways. In the end I just went back on Methylprednisolone.

I haven't read every reply so I probably missed it, but to me it seems like ACV isn't changing pH at all but it is just the delivery medium for the anti-inflammatories Caffeic, Ferrulic and Ursolic Acids. At first I read that people take ACV and BS to make the pH alkaline. Then I got confused because i've read most patients with allergic disorders have high copper levels. Which means ACV souldn't be needed. Then I read that ACV helps digestion but if in order to help digestion it needs to be acidic to break down food. Then I read that it kills bacteria, but if we had bacteria the immune system wouldn't attack us and cause hives, it would be focused on the bacteria. This actually happens to me if I stay out all night and party. I get run down, get a cold and the hives clear up. :)

Do people take ACV because of the anti-inflammatories in it? Or to try to lower or raise pH? Or is it something I missed? Confussed.. :(

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Gg (Denver) on 11/18/2014

Aloe rubbed on hives helps calm the itch and a friend brought me sublingual Hives (from Hyland) which seemed to help. My mother used baking soda and water paste on mosquito bites; have heard a cool bath withh baking soda eases the itch too, so perhaps. Years ago had a bad case after eating shellfish, the hives were as big as my palm. ER doc injected me with prednizone, antihistimines and steroids. Calmed the hives but the pills caused me to act irrational and crazy. There were even a couple moments of thinking more serious thoughts (that I never had before or after that incidence). Thank goodness a neighbor who was an ER doc recognized the signs; came over to look at the prescription bottles. I was given dosages for 180# person while I'm 106#. She had me stop the prescriptions immediately. As miserable as hives are, I'd try everything natural before using drugs again. Just not worth it.

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Nathan (san Francisco, USA) on 03/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have HIVES or I believe I do.
I tried antihistamines prescribed by my primary physician, about 2 weeks after, the side affects were worse than the hives. So I decided to look online, here's what I found:
They came up first, I paid the 16.97, which isn't much money, decent advice but it really is just a formatted document of what's on this site, and frankly I'd rather just meet Ted, he seems to have some great insight. So Ted, or whoever's reading and willing to respond to my posting or email, my Hives seems to break out whenever only when I scratch (because it itches like crazy) then the red welts or bumps appear, if I don't scratch, no welts or bumps. The 5 steps were:
1. ACV bicarb 3x day
2. iodine on heels 3 days/wk
3. 1 tbs licorice extract / day
4. take vitamin supplement
5. oil pulling (her favorite)
Of course it is recommended to exercise, diet appropriately, etc.
What'd I'd like to know is, do I have hives or another similar allergic reaction? Do the combination of the above 5 overwhelm the body, should only 1 or 2 be take and not all 5 at the same time? How long before results take affect, her site has folks saying 9 hours to 20 hours, I've been doing all 5 steps for 4 days consecutive without the hives going away. I exercise daily (which she recommends 30 min exercise, enough to break out in a sweat), I do 2x that each day, ride my bike to work AND back.
The only contributor I can't eliminate which she advises is: stress. I could, if I quit my job, then no money, thus no way to pay for the kids/wife/food/bills!
4 types of hives are:acute urticaria, last less than 6 weeks; chronic urticaria, last more than 6 weeks, not so common; physical urticaria, caused by direct stimulation to the skin, such as sweat, pressure, sun exposure; and dermatographis, outbreak directly linked to scratching which seems to be the closest to what I have, and is much less common. Ted or kind reader, what of the above 5 would you recommend to treat hives by dermatographis? Licorice exract vs oil pulling vs ACV bicarb? How much? How often? Its embarrassing in the office to have to scratch anywhere, its like a dog with fleas (except I don't have a dog or fleas, I could see them!)
The good thing, I've changed my diet drastically, carrot juice & apples (though she says to cut fruit) - that's it! Nothing else -no coffee, sugars, eggs, milk products, processed foods, etc. Still the hives persist. Any ideas?

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Elle (Portland, Oregon) on 04/07/2008

To Nathan: Hi, I am Elle from Portland (I already have left a comment about hives). Please see below.

I believe that you need 1 -10mg.Zyrtec in the morning with the recommended baking soda and water and the same 12 hours later. You can buy the above Zyrtec over the counter now. I tried the recommendations from Ted alone, but found that I still needed the Zyrtec twice a day also. I have had terrible hives for four years, but because of finding this site and Ted, now, I am almost hive-free. Maybe once or twice a month I may get them, if I forget to take the above approximately 12 hours apart. If I get the timing wrong, I find that the hives will then get me with a vengence. Good Luck, Nathan."

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Sharon (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on 07/02/2008

In response to Nathan. I hope your hives have subsided since you posted in March. But if not you should ask your allergist to do a scratch test on you to determine what you are allergic to. Food allergies are the most common.
But you could have also developed an auto-immune disease which is what happened in my case. Your allergist can test for that as well. They have no idea what causes the auto-immune and there is no cure but it can go away as quickly as it's come.
The absolute only thing that gives me any relief from an especially bad break-out is a medication called Cyproheptadine (your allergist can prescribe it). For temporary relief I would bathe in a tub with oatmeal and cornstarch. Aveno has a product or you can mix it yourself. Good luck.

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca, Usa) on 04/18/2011
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When I increased my iodine/iodide to 2 drops of Lugol's 5% (12.5 mg) my face, throat, and the skin on my sternum started to break out in a rash and some hives. Itched like mad. I had built up to 2 drops in a matter of a few weeks, but it seems the 2 drops is just too much for my system to handle at this point. I'm lowering it to 1 drop (6.25 mg) of Lugol's 5% to see if my skin calms down, and if not, I will go back to taking World Organic liquid potassium iodide equalling 3 mg until I can safely increase w/o the rash symptoms.

I have also been taking vit C, E, A, a multi, and an assortment of liver and kidney-supportive supplements. I believe my rash is a detox reaction of bromide from taking Lugol's.

ACV has helped a great deal with the breakout and the itching. I am consuming and using diluted ACV topically. It has soothed my skin considerably in a matter of a few days.

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca, Usa) on 04/19/2011

Thanks, Lisa. I'm already a part of the same group if you mean the one with Victoria and Stephanie moderating. I'm new to the iodine protocol, and am reading through all of the files. I did have the info you mentioned, and appreciate you posting it.

The saltwater cleanse works, but it takes getting used to. It helps. With the severity of the bromide detox I'm experiencing, I'm contemplating now how long I've been so toxic.

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Heather (Marysville, Oh) on 01/05/2012

My 5 year old son, has urticaria. He get his hives mostly when scratching. The welts/hives appear and then disappear (if scratching is stopped) within mins. As far as the ACV, Iodine.. etc. What amount should I give him? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

ACV, Iodine, Op
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 06/19/2012

Could I have had a pH imbalance? Iodide is an element that is listed as acidifying. Is there info on it possibly balancing out?

It was really awful last year, going through the major rash, and I'm wondering now if I had monitored my pH if I could have avoided it by making sure I was pH-balanced enough to handle dosing.

Baking Soda
Posted by Elle (Portland, Oregon) on 02/27/2008
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Have had hives for 4 years every day. My face, lips and eyes would swell shut. I have had to wear sunglasses and scarfs to work to hide these giant welts. Went to dermatologist, medical doctors, Chinese medicine to no avail. I refused prenizone. They wanted me to take all sorts of anti-histamines, etc....didn't work. Finally, I found your website on the internet. I now take 1 Zyrtec 10 mg. morning and night (actually, I haven't tried not taking the Zyrtec yet, because I am afraid the ugly red bumps will appear again) along with the Zyrtec I am taking 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 glass of water morning and night. VOILA! Hives are gone. I have just began taking the liquid licorice that you recommended. Would you please give the appropriate amount of Licorice to take daily and the reason again that you need to take because the baking soda does what, if you don't? Tremendously appreciative.

Baking Soda
Posted by Kr (Roanoke, Va) on 05/04/2012

So.... why are you posting "yea" for baking soda if you are taking Zyrtec? Obviously it is the Zyrtec keeping your symtpoms at bay.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Kenny (Strathclyde, Scotland) on 02/19/2008

I have been trying ACV for a while now and agree that it's great for improving metabolism and curbing apetite. I use supermarket bought organic ACV. However, for some time now (since before I started ACV), I've suffered red SPOTS/PIMPLES on the face/cheeks and on my head, and since I have little hair, it's particularly unsightly, I also had kind of FLAKEY SKIN on these areas, both would normally be quite itchy. I have recently taken to the topical application of ACV on these areas, speculatively. I have to say, in just a couple of days, the results are dramatic... I tilt the bottle onto a cotton pad a couple of times to saturate it, about the same size as a cosmetic make-up remover and wipe all over my face and head liberally, avoiding the eyes (cos it stings). I leave it on and repeat several times a day (just remember to wash the face with clean lukewarm water before you go out and pat it dry). The resulting effect is no redness, no flakey skin, just a taught, fresh-faced complexion. To compliment that, I have been taking daily sauna and steam bath treatments, interspersed with cold showers,excellent for a variety of conditions I'm sure, marvellous for the circulation, very invigorating and great for the skin, which I read here somewhere - is like the body's third kidney, and when in tip-top working condition, serves the body well to flush-out and detox the system. Try it!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Beth (Duluth, GA) on 02/26/2008

I've been reading about the ACV treatement for hives. I'd love a little more information about what you are doing. Drinking it with water?? just bathing in it ?? Please let me know. I'm dying from hives for about five months now.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Venkat (hyderabad, india) on 07/05/2008

I am suffering from urticaria since abt 7 years tried hell lot of medicines, tired could you please suggest me where can I get these apple cider venegar and and baking soda for curing urticaria.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Ken (USA) on 02/17/2009
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I have emailed Ted with this question but no response. I have chronic hives and tried the ACV + Bicarb regimen. I had no relief after doing this for about 10 days so I stopped. Can you please tell me if I should try it for a longer period of time?

Thank you,

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Exercise
Posted by Lulu (Lafayette, LA) on 06/05/2009
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Better But With Side Effects

ok, I've been using the ACV/H2o and baking soda, as well as 1000mg L-lysine, also spraying a solution of 1/2 ACV and 1/2 filtered water directly on my hives twice a day. I also have been using a brand name Pine Tar soap. I must admit, they are getting better, but they are still there! Not as noticeable on my arms, and they have moved to the inside of my torso, but like I said, not nearly as bad!I don't know which remedy is working, but something is! I'll post again with another update! Has anyone tried the "rubbing iodine on the heels 3x per week" remedy? That is one I haven't tried, nor the Indian spice.

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