Hives – A Minor Emergency We Won’t Stand For
Have you heard of urticaria? Most people haven’t. But the word urticaria is actually just a medical term for hives. You know – those itchy, red bumps and patches that show up on our bodies without any courtesy of forewarning. This nasty skin condition doesn’t spare anyone, either. You have a big presentation coming up? That’s too bad. You have five children to take care of and don’t have time for a minor emergency? That’s unfortunate. It’s your wedding day? Bummer.
Hives (or urticaria – or whatever you want to call it) are like unwelcome guests who show up without a phone call at the worst possible time. And they like to make themselves at home. They can appear on any part of the body, but they are typically present on the chest, throat, arms, face, and tongue. Most hives are related to an excess amount of histamine in the blood, but sometimes the cause is indiscernible. If you are currently experiencing hives, Sun City Emergency Room has a few tips for you to get past this minor emergency.
Histamines – Friend or Foe?
In safe amounts, histamines are an important part of bodily health. Histamine is produced naturally in the body and helps regulate immune functions. When microbes attack the body, histamines draw immune cells to the infected area to clear up the issue. In this way, histamines promote detoxification, vascular health, and overall immunity.
When histamine occurs in excess, however, it can cause medical problems such as hives. This excess can be caused from stress, insect bites or stings, exposure to chemicals found in foods or medicines, and allergic reactions. Hives result when blood plasma seeps out of blood vessels, causing swelling, discoloration, and disfiguration of the skin. While hives are only technically deemed a “minor emergency”, they certainly don’t feel minor. Moreover, if they are left untreated, there is a chance that an underlying bodily imbalance or a dangerous allergy is getting swept under the rug.
A Minor Emergency Deserves Attention Too
If you are suffering from hives, you may be able to alleviate symptoms by applying apple cider vinegar or calamine lotion to the infected area. Many people have also seen a decrease in redness after an oatmeal bath or after engaging in restful activities such as yoga or extra sleep. Additionally, some studies also suggest that vitamin C can reduce the symptoms of hives.
While these treatments may help clear symptoms and make you feel moderately better, however, they do not get to the root of the issue and may not completely remove hives. Urgent care units or and emergency rooms are a great resource if you want to get rid of your hives quickly and effectively. Doctors are available to assess the problem and help you discern the underlying cause, whether it be stress, a bug bite, or a food allergy.
No one likes dealing with hives. Luckily, we have options! Seek treatment today, and you will thank yourself tomorrow.