How to Get Rid of Hives Fast with Home Remedies

As small as ants or as large as dinner plates, hives can be any size and shape in the form of itchy red bumps on the skin.

For those who are not familiar, hives are caused by the release of histamine, a chemical that weakens the blood vessels to leak fluid into deep skin layers. This may happen as a result of an allergic reaction, insect bites, food chemicals, medicines or sunlight.

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Hives can also occur due to stress, certain infections or excess consumption of liquor and caffeine.

Scientifically called urticaria, hives are characterized by pale red, swollen bumps, welts or patches on the skin. They can show up anywhere on your body including your neck, face, throat and ears, and can cause itching, burning and stinging sensations. If you have a break out of hives on your skin, you cannot help but scratch yourself to find some quick relief.

Although hives usually disappear soon on their own, in some cases they may last up to several days and cause extreme discomfort.

While it is best to consult a doctor in cases of extreme irritation, here are some home remedies that can help you get rid of hives fast:

Method 1: Using an Oatmeal Compress

Things you’ll need:


  • Oatmeal – A handful
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Cotton or nylon cloth

Step 1. Pour oatmeal on a piece of cloth

pour oatmeal on a piece of cloth

  • Place a piece of cotton or nylon cloth over a bowl of water.
  • Pour a handful of uncooked oatmeal onto the cloth.

Oatmeal contains oils and nutrients that change the pH balance of the skin and help reduce itching.

Step 2. Steep it in water

steep it in water

  • Bundle up and tie the cloth.
  • Put it in a cup of water and allow it to steep for 5 to 7 minutes.

Gently press the poultice on the outbreak, using it as a compress.

Do not throw away the water in which you soaked the oatmeal compress. You can use it as a topical ointment throughout the day.


Method 2: Using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Things you’ll need:


  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – 2 tablespoons
  • Cornstarch – 1 tablespoon

Blend the ingredients together and apply on your skin

blend the ingredients together

  • Put 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a bowl and pour 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over it.
  • Mix the ingredients together to form a pasty mixture.
  • Apply the paste on the affected site and let it sit for 1hour.

Make sure you do not use undiluted ACV on your skin, as this may cause a burning sensation.

It is best to follow this remedy after bathing, when the skin is soft, moist and absorbent.

ACV is extracted from apples mixed in with yeast and bacteria and helps relieve various painful skin conditions.


Method 3: Using a Cold Compress

Things you’ll need:


  • Ice cubes
  • Cotton cloth

Pack the ice and use as a compress

pack the ice and use as compress

Using ice packs or cold compresses is an effective way to treat your hives.

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a cotton cloth.
  • Apply it over the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes.

However, make sure not to use ice cubes directly over the outbreaks, as this may damage your skin.

Cold compresses constrict your blood vessels, which impedes your body from secreting more histamine.

Alternatively, cold baths and showers may help.


Method 4: Using Aloe Vera Gel

Things you’ll need:


  • Soak a cotton ball in aloe vera gel.
  • Apply it on the affected site.
  • Leave it for 1 hour, then rinse it off using cold water.

Follow this remedy twice every day or until the hives disappear.


Method 5: Using Antihistamine Foods

Things you’ll need:


  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Boiled milk – 1 cup
  • Black pepper – ¼ teaspoon
  • Honey – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Pour milk into a cup

pour milk into a cup

  • Bring 1 cup of milk to a boil in a pan.
  • Pour the boiled milk into a cup or a glass.

Milk has antioxidant properties and helps relieve itching from the outbreak of hives.

Step 2. Blend in spices

blend in spices

Blend in ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch (¼ teaspoon) of black pepper.

Turmeric and black pepper contain polyphenols that exhibit therapeutic anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-allergic properties that help provide relief from the allergic reaction.

Step 3. Add sweetener, stir and serve

add sweetner and serve

  • Sweeten your drink by adding ½ teaspoon of honey.
  • Stir the mixture well.
  • Drink this in the morning and before going to bed to clear up the allergic reaction.


Additional Tips

  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C like yellow bell peppers, oranges, lemons, berries and kale that help reduce the production of histamine, thus reducing the chance of outbreaks.
  • Add fish like mackerel, salmon, tuna and trout to your diet. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that have excellent anti-inflammatory properties to help get rid of hives. For vegetarians, you can resort to fish oil capsules.
  • Green tea and chamomile tea, with their antihistamine properties, work exceptionally well at reducing hives due to an allergic reaction. Drink it 3 times a day for excellent results.
  • Ginger prevents the appearance of hives by reducing a sudden rush in capitularies. Drink a small amount or you can add it to your favorite herbal tea.
  • Eating probiotic and live cultures in curd and cottage cheese is another healthy option to prevent hives. These are rich in acidophilus bacteria that further enrich the intestinal gut.
  • Remove as much stress as possible from your life. Stress is one of the major causes of hive outbreaks.
  • Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine consumption, tight clothing, insect bites and new laundry detergents, as they are other major reasons behind outbreaks of hives.
  • Use a moisturizer when you discover the beginning of an outbreak. Apply astringent to the skin, as they will help shrink your blood vessels near welts, restricting the leakage of histamine.

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