Taking a range of nutrients, including vitamins, for hives has been described as one effective way to help ease the symptoms of the condition.
One can review medical studies for evidence of the role that vitamins can play in resolving hives. Alternatively, one can visit online discussion boards and forums for anecdotes of the relief that patients have gotten from taking vitamins for hives.
Examples Involving the Use of Vitamins for Hives Treatment
In a 1952 study on epinephrine precursors and the control of allergies, patients were given an amino acid, L-tyrosine, in combination with vitamin B6 and niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3). The targeted illnesses were all allergy-related and included hives, hay fever, allergic headaches and dermatitis (which was caused by poison oak). The combination of nutrients given in the study (in specified doses) gave the patients much relief from their symptoms. It was noted that each nutrient, when given to the patients in isolation from the other nutrients, did not give them relief from their symptoms.
Other forms of nutritional support have been given to patients suffering from hives. Vitamins and other nutrients have been combined in a mixture known as Myer’s cocktail, which consists of predetermined proportions of Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C. Using this combination of minerals and vitamins for hives treatment has given patients relief from their symptoms. Myer’s cocktail consists of nutrients that are often recognized to be deficient in the general population and whose deficiencies are implicated in the development of many diseases.
Another possible nutritional remedy involves taking single vitamins for hives. For instance some patients take high doses of Vitamin C when stricken by hives. Vitamin C works by ultimately lowering their bodily levels of histamine. In this way, the patients can find relief from their symptoms. Other patients receive regular injections of Vitamin B12. This form of vitamin therapy results in a drop in the number and severity of hives attacks to which the patients succumb. Vitamin D, specifically in the form of Vitamin D2, is also taken in high doses by some hives patients. It is said to work well on solar hives. As for vitamin E, some apply oils containing it to their affected skin and, in this way, get some relief from the discomfort.
Is It Possible to Get Hives from Vitamins?
Vitamins clearly play an important role in the treatment of hives. But is the opposite possible? Can vitamins cause hives? It is certainly possible for a patient to get hives from vitamins. On rare occasions, patients can develop direct allergies to vitamin molecules. It is, however, more likely for them to develop allergies to some of the non-active ingredients of the vitamin supplements they ingest. These might include artificial sweeteners, food coloring and other compounds.