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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