What is Urticaria?
Urticaria, commonly known as Hive or weal, usually appears to be a bumpy, red, itchy patch or rash over the skin which further grows into a welt having defined borders. These can develop on any part of the skin varying in size from few millimetres to the size of a hand. Urticaria can be categorised as follows:
Acute Urticaria: These rashes do not last for more than six weeks and gets cleared within the duration. It predominantly is caused due to allergens from food, medication or infections and usually affects younger people. Nuts, chocolates, fish, berries, tomatoes and milk are few foods which can trigger acute urticaria.
Chronic Urticaria: Affecting mostly mid elderly population these rashes tend to stay for longer than six weeks and may recur in months or years again. These do not have clear pattern and may keep on fading away and reappearing on other places. In 90 percent cases the cause behind occurrence of CU is hard to identify. However, it is associated with prolonged illness, infections and autoimmune disorders.
In many cases of urticaria, no obvious cause has been found certainly. However, it is usually caused by high levels of histamine and other chemicals released in the skin causing inflammation and accumulation of fluid which introduces wheals. Histamine is released in various conditions, such as an allergic reaction to food or drug, reaction to an insect bite or sting, cold or heat exposure, infection (influenza, hepatitis B), intestinal parasites, dust mites and certain medications – such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics
In other cases immune system is found of mistakenly attacking healthy tissues making it one of the autoimmune disorders. It is highly suggested to stay away from triggering agents to keep urticaria away.
Following triggers may also make the symptoms worse:
Most common signs and symptoms of urticaria (hives) include:
According to ayurveda Sheetapitta or urticaria can also be caused by consuming odd food combinations and imbalance of three doshas. It has an elaborate treatment method used to treat hives effectively since ages. Sanjivani Ayurvedashram offers ayurvedic medicines with excellent combination of vital herbs which are very useful to remove toxins from the body and skin and boost immunity in order to get ultimate relief. Traditional potent herbs such as chiraita, haritaki, neem, aloe vera, turmeric, tulsi alongwith vitamin A, E, B and minerals helps to target the root cause and eradicate it completely. It also nourishes skin, lightens hives, reduces itching, scratching and swelling. Its anti-histamine properties cool and soothe the skin and also remove inflammation. It is a complete care kit to get rid of frustrating condition of hives naturally and without any ill effects.