Chronic hives is a skin condition marked by itchy and red-coloured welts which can appear anywhere on our body. About 85% of the time, we don't know what causes this condition. When the cause of hives is unknown, it is called chronic idiopathic urticaria. There are several ways to manage hives even if you don’t know its causes. Even without knowing the causes one can follow the below steps to handle chronic hives effectively:
1. Avoid known triggers
One of the ideal ways to manage hives is to avoid apparent triggers. To determine which triggers may be hitting you, the first step is to see your allergist. Some of the allergens that cause hives are:
- Foods; especially peanuts, nuts, shellfish, eggs, and some food additives.
- Physical stimuli such as pressure, exercise, temperature,and sun exposure.
- Certain pain medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
- Bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections.
- Viral infections, such as common hepatitis and a common cold
- Pet Dander
2. Take your medications
Antihistamines are usually the primary treatment for chronic hives. If antihistamines don’t help, your doctor may prescribe another medication. Fexofenadine Hydrochloride Tablets, which are available only on prescription, are found to be highly effective against hives. Fexofenadine is an antihistamine used to alleviate allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, itching eyes/nose, runny nose, sneezing, hives, and itching. It works by blocking a specific natural substance called histamine that your body makes during an allergic reaction.
3. Soothe your skin
When your skin is dry and itchy, you are tempted to scratch. To calm the itching, keep your skin moisturised by taking frequent baths and cooling the affected area. There are different ways to cool your skin, including:
- Applying an anti-inflammatory cream as prescribed by your physician
- Applying a cold compress
- Positioning yourself in front of a fan
4. Wear loose, light clothing
Constant pressure and friction of the skin can worsen your hives. Avoid wearing tight clothing and ill-fitting shoes as hives can also appear on the feet soles. Choose loosely fitting and soft fabrics clothing.
5. Talk to your physician about a vitamin D supplement
Add a vitamin D supplement to your treatment to reduce the symptoms of chronic hives. A daily supplement of vitamin D3 along with regular allergy medication can reduce hives symptoms. Talk to your physician about the possibility of adding a supplement to your hives treatment.
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