Nettle rush (urticaria) is one of the most common diseases at least once in a lifetime hives moved around every third person. Itching that accompanies hives, prevents to live normally. How to treat hives?

In most cases, urticaria is a allergic reaction, but it can be a symptom of any disease. Symptoms of urticaria is known to all. on the body appear pale pink flat blisters, reminiscent of burnt nettles (actually, therefore, urticaria and got its name). Blisters strongly itch, therefore the attack of a urticaria - sensation not from pleasant. Since no one is immune from allergies, it is important to know how to treat hives.

Urticaria can be acute and chronic. The acute form lasts from several hours to several days, and in some cases even a couple of weeks. Chronic can take months or even years, with periods of exacerbation of the disease alternating with "quiet periods". As allergens that cause hives, most often appear drugs or food. Also, hives can occur with insect bites.

Treatment of hives, as any allergic reactions should be comprehensive. The most important thing is to establish the allergen that caused hives. otherwise the seizures will repeat, no matter how many antihistamines you drink. Of course, if you took any medications (or you were bitten by an insect) shortly before the attack of hives, it will not be easy to determine the allergen. And what if you are allergic to food, and you do not know what kind of product it caused?

In this case, to treat hives will help you a hypoallergenic diet. The gist of it is this: in the first phase you eliminate from the diet all potential allergens. A low allergenic foods: lean stewed or boiled meat, dairy products, meat products, rice, olive oil, some fruits (mainly white and green). When the hives will gradually introduce in the diet eliminated products with the interval of three days. If, after any product appeared again hives — this is an allergen.

It is clear that the diet an attack of acute urticaria is not removed. Usually advised to treat hives antihistamine preparations of new generation. To soothe the itch, you can use cold compresses or special lotions. If the case is severe, the doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, and if there is a severe edema that threatens life, inject active steroids and epinephrine (epinephrine), but usually this does not happen.

In chronic urticaria the doctor performs a thorough research to find out the exact cause of the disease. because chronic urticaria can be caused not only by allergy, but also chronic infection, metabolic disorders, diseases of internal organs and other diseases. In this case, you must first treat the underlying disease.

Usually, when chronic urticaria prescribe antihistamines, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification means. Prescribes their doctor, because only he can determine the best combination of drugs. Also, chronic hives show a hypoallergenic diet and minimize contact with potential allergens (including domestic).

You can try to cure hives folk remedies (in the case of acute urticaria, with chronic it is better not to experiment). People's treatment of urticaria consists in the use of infusions and decoctions of herbs. Both inside and in the bath. For example, in the bath you can add a decoction of herbs of turn, celandine, St. John's wort, sage, valerian root and camomile flowers. All ingredients are taken in equal proportions. And inside you can take infusion of jasper or juice from a fresh celery root.

It is best not to try to treat the hives themselves. consult a doctor who will help you determine the allergen (if urticaria is caused by an allergy) or the underlying disease, and then pick up the optimal method of treatment. Self-medication should not be engaged, however, this applies to the vast majority of diseases, and not just hives.