What are Hives and How to Treat Them

Hives are also known as welts, weals, urticaria or nettle rash. It is an itchy, raised rash on the skin, usually accompanied by swelling. Hives appear suddenly, sometimes because of an allergic reaction or being stung by a nettle. They can also be caused by: chemicals, medications, insect stings and food ingredients. (1)

The main symptoms of hives:

  • Red rash
  • Swelling
  • Itching and burning of skin
  • Pain in the inflamed area

In this article we are going to give you some natural remedies for treating hives.


Oatmeal is an excellent remedy for treating hives. You should put 2 cups of ground oatmeal into a long tube sock. Then draw a bath with tepid water making sure that the oatmeal sock is under faucet. Soak in the tub and dab the oat sock onto the hives to get a relief from itching. (2)

2.Baking soda

We all know that baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties and help us reduce inflammation and itching.

Add 1 cup of baking soda on a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak in the water for 15 minutes. Repeat this every day. (3)

3.Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a skin-healing liquid with strong antioxidant and astringent properties. You need to apply witch hazel on the hives every day and after several uses you will see the results. It will help you reduce the inflammation, pain, swelling and itching. (4)


4.Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best remedies for skin issues. We can also use it for treating hives.

Just create a paste from apple cider vinegar and corn starch and apply it on the affected areas. Leave it to stay for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Do this every day after bathing. (5)


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