Itchy Hives and Hives Itchy Rash

Itchy Skin Hives

Itchy hives are rashes that may appear on any part of the skin due to allergic as well as non-allergic reasons. A hives itchy rash is evident by the presence of wheals, which are usually red or pale yellow and extremely itchy. There are two basic types of itchy hive: Acute hives usually disappear by themselves within a few hours after appearing. They typically occur in response to certain allergies. The second type is chronic hives, which last longer than six weeks and are rarely due to an allergy.

Red Itchy Hives

Red itchy hives are characterized by the presence of red wheals on the skin. They vary in size from the size of a pinhead to wheals that cover a major portion of the body. They usually occur due to the release of histamines by the mast cells, which are located inside the skin.

Itchy Hives All Over the Body

Hives can appear on any part of the body, such as the face, neck, belly, arms, and back. However, in  extreme cases, they may appear all over the body.

Are Hives Itchy?

Hives are usually itchy and create a burning sensation throughout the affected area. The itchiness may be continuous or periodic. Taking antihistamines may reduce the itchiness.

Non Itchy Hives 

Though hives are mostly itchy, there are some types that are not itchy. Some types of hives and angioedema are not itchy;  however, they cause swelling, which can be painful.

Itchy Hives Treatment

Second generation antihistamines can provide relief. These antihistamines include desloratadine, fexofenadine, levocetirizine, and loratadine. In addition, drinking nettle tea may soothe the throat. This tea can be made by stirring 2 teaspoons of powdered nettles into a cup of hot water and adding honey. Fresh lemon juice can be used if honey is not available. The patient can also apply calamine lotion to the affected area. However, the relief will be short term. The itching can also be relieved by bathing or dipping the affected area in warm water containing 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup baking soda. The patient can also apply aloe vera gel or vitamin E oil to the affected area of the skin twice a day.

Itchy Hives at Night

Sometimes, itchy hives rashes may vanish during the day and reappear at night.  Nighttime outbreaks are  more annoying, as they can interrupt sleep. However, by taking the steps recommended above, individuals can find relief from itchy hives.


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