Friends today I am discussing about #hives or urticaria.
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Symptoms of Urticaria (Hives)
While the symptoms of urticaria (hives) may seem relatively self-apparent, they are frequently mistaken for those of other skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and pityriasis rosea. But, in the same way that the biological mechanism of urticaria is specific, so, too, are the signs and characteristics of the common skin rash—if you consider them carefully. While hives (also referred to as wheals or weals) can differ in their distribution and appearance, they are characterized by itchy, raised welts on the skin's surface that are either red or skin-colored.
Urticaria is caused by an inflammatory reaction that prompts capillaries in the dermis (the layer of tissue just beneath the outer skin) to leak fluid. When this happens, the accumulation of fluid results in a defined area of raised skin that persists until the fluid is eventually reabsorbed into the surrounding cells.
Hives have specific characteristics that set them apart from other skin conditions:
The elevated area of skin has a clearly defined border.
When you press the rash, it will "blanches" (turns white).
They will be itchy, sometimes intensely so. There may also be paired with pain or a burning sensation.
They can appear on anywhere on the body and change shape, move around, disappear, and reappear over short periods of time.
When they resolve, the skin will return to normal without scarring.
Most will not be accompanied by systemic reactions such as fever, nausea, muscle aches, joint pain, or headaches.
Urticaria is classified as being either acute or chronic depending on the duration of the eruption. Acute hives last for less than six weeks, while chronic
Homeopathic Medicines for Urticaria
Homeopathy medicines for each case of urticaria are selected based on individual symptoms. Some top names of medicines for urticaria are Apis Mellifica, Urtica Urens, Astacus Fluviatilis, and Natrum Mur.
1. Apis Mellifica – Top grade Medicine for urticaria
Apis Mellifica is one of the top grade medicines for treating urticaria. Apis Mellifica is best prescribed for urticaria when symptoms include marked itching and burning. A characteristic stinging pain in the urticarial eruptions is also observed. The skin is extremely sensitive to the touch. Apis Mellifica is one of the best medicines for urticaria that gets triggered in heat. Going out in the open air or cold applications bring some relief. Apis Mellifica is also a top-rated medicine for urticaria that arises following an insect bite.
2. Natrum Mur – For Urticaria Triggered by Exercise and Sun Exposure
For treating urticaria triggered by exercise, Natrum Mur is a great option. The person who needs Natrum Mur will get large hives on the skin from exertion. This is attended with violent itching and burning. Natrum Mur is also one of the most effective medicines for solar urticaria that arises from exposure to the sun.
3. Astacus Fluviatilis – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for urticaria
Urtica Urens and Astacus Fluviatilis work wonders in treating urticaria. The choice between the two is made based on unique symptoms. Urticaria that appears every year, in the same season, is best treated with Urtica Urens. Another key symptom associated with Urtica Urens is urticaria with intense burning and formication on the skin. Urtica Urens also shows great results in urticaria that alternates with rheumatism. Apart from this, Urtica Urens is also the ideal medicine for treating urticaria from eating shellfish. Astacus Fluviatilis is well indicated where urticaria is attended with liver complaints. The person prescribed Astacus Fluviatilis will have itching over his entire body, with a marked stinging sensation on the skin.
4. Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus – For Urticaria from Cold Exposure (cold-induced urticaria)
Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus are highly effective medicines for treating urticaria resulting from exposure to cold. Marked sensitivity to cold is found in persons needing Rhus Tox and Sepia Succus. Key symptoms that will decide in favor of medicine Rhus Tox is urticaria from cold exposure with itching and smarting sensation. Warm applications provide some relief from itching. The characteristic symptom to look out for while prescribing Sepia Succus is urticaria from going in cool open air. Being in a warm room brings relief. Urticarial eruptions with itching, which is not relieved by scratching, is another guiding feature for use of Homeopathic medicine Sepia Succus.
5. Sulphur and Apis Mellifica – For Urticaria Triggered by Heat
Persons with urticaria that gets triggered by exposure to heat will benefit greatly from Sulphur and Apis Mellifica. Sulphur is selected for urticarial eruptions arising from heat exposure and attended with itching and burning. Scratching worsens the itching. In some cases, even washing may worsen the itching. Most persons prescribed Sulphur will notice a worsening of itching towards the evening. Sulphur is also the best solution for urticaria cases that have been suppressed with ointments in the past. Apis Mellifica is rated among the best medicines for urticaria triggered by heat, with marked itching, burning, and stinging in the eruptions. Cold applications may bring relief from symptoms in some cases. Some persons prescribed medicine Apis Mellifica for urticaria will feel better by going out in the open air.
6. Bovista Lycoperdon and Calcarea Phos – For Urticaria Triggered by Water
Bovista Lycoperdon and Calcarea Phos are prominently indicated medicines for treating urticaria set off by coming into contact with water (water induced urticaria). Some features unique to Bovista Lycoperdon are urticaria on waking in the morning time and attended with diarrhea. Homeopathic medicine Calcarea Phosphorica is suggested where contact with cold water leads to urticarial eruptions.
7. Rhus Tox and Dulcamara – For urticaria from scratching (dermatographic urticaria)
For urticaria from severe scratching, Rhus Tox and Dulcamara are very useful Homeopathic medicines. Where urticaria leads to red, swollen skin with itching, burning and smarting, you know Homeopathic medicine Rhus Tox will show best results. Rubbing worsens the symptoms in this case. Rhus Tox is also well indicated for urticaria resulting from getting wet. Homeopathic medicine Dulcamara is the best choice in case of violent itching in the urticarial eruptions. Use of Dulcamara is also suggested for urticaria arising from exposure to cold and that which gets triggered in wet weather.