Urticaria - Overview

What is Urticaria?

Urticaria (also known as hives) is a rash that is primarily a manifestation of an allergic reaction on the skin. One of commonest reasons for Urticaria is exposure to allergens. Peculiarly seen as clusters of raised, red wheals of varying sizes on the skin, this condition lasts for some time and then disappears without any trace. The condition is not life-threatening; however Angioedema is a severe variant and this condition may endanger life if not attended to promptly.


The typical description of Urticaria is an itchy skin eruption that is characterized by 'wheals'. The wheals usually have with well-defined red margins and pale interiors. As discussed earlier, Urticaria is a manifestation of an allergic reaction and the eruptions tend to come and go intermittently. The wheals can last for several hours or even the whole day before fading off. When the wheals disappear, they do so without any trace.


Causes of Urticaria.

The primary mechanism that leads to development of an urticarial rash is the release of histamine (a chemical) by the human immune system into the blood. In response to histamine, blood plasma leaks out of small blood vessels in the skin resulting in swelling.


A large number of things can trigger the onset of Urticaria and some of them have been discussed here:


Allergens: A number of food allergens, environmental allergens, etc. can trigger Urticaria; however reactions may vary in different individuals.

Foods: Some of the common culprits are fish, crabs, oysters, shell fish, prawns, milk, cheese, eggs, nuts, chocolates, citrus fruits, spices, yeast, food additives and preservatives like tartazine, berries, wheat, tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, alcohol, etc.

Environmental: Pollen, dander, fungi, house-dust are few of the common reasons.

Drugs: A number of drugs can trigger an Urticaria rash and these include morphine, codeine, aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen), certain antibiotics, vaccinations, contraceptive pills, etc.

> Stings of insects such as bee stings commonly cause acute urticarial rashes.


Homeopathic Treatment

Healing safely, gently and surely!

In a study conducted on 60 Japanese patients with chronic skin diseases (including Urticaria as well as psoriasis vulgaris, eczema, atopic dermatitis, severe acne), the holistic approach used in homeopathy was found to be a useful strategy.

A total of 88.3% of patients reported over 50% improvement in this study. The results were based on patient-reported and clinically observed effects of the individualized homeopathic treatment. It was concluded that individualized homeopathic treatment can provoke a good response in patients with chronic skin disease.

Apart from this study, a number of cases that have seen excellent relief with homeopathy also provide clear evidence that homeopathy works effectively in allergic diseases like Urticaria.