15 Questions About Hives answered

“5-20% of people will experience hives at some time during their lives.”

Today, I am going to answer some frequently asked questions about hives [Urticaria] and angioedema.

Without further ado, let’s begin:


1: How long can you have hives?

They can go on their own. They can last for 6 weeks max, specialists refer it acute urticaria.

However, It can persist for more than 6 weeks and might last forever. In this case it is referred as chronic urticaria.


2: Best treatment/medicine for urticaria?

There is no “best” medicine or best treatment for hives because one size fits all approach does not work with urticaria.

Depending on your situation and the cause behind it, cure varies.


3: How to treat hives on eyelids?

If you get big welts on your face, under your eyes or in your throat then… probably you’re suffering from angioedema. They are pretty the same, but the cause is different which requires different treatment. See hereditary angioedema.


4: How much Epsom salt in bath for hives?

It seems to me you’ve read a homeopathy website. Well, there are better solutions than salt such as castor oil. Other essential oils for hives include flaxseed and Emu oil. Even baking soda is better than Epsom Salt.


5: How rare is cold urticaria?

Not really. Cold and heat urticaria are the most common types of hives. Adrenergic (adrenaline), vibratory (vibration) and Aquagenic (water) are rare.


6: How to stop exercise induced hives?

I’m afraid you can’t. Temporary solutions include regular antihistamines, taking cold showers or putting an ice pack on the affected area. You may also want to stop drinking. I strongly believe Alcohol is the main reason behind exercise urticaria because of its negative effect on the kidneys and liver. However you might be suffering from something else.


7: How do babies get hives?

The same way you do. We all know that children autoimmune system is weak. Most of the time hives in children happens because of overactive autoimmunity.


8: Early pregnancy hives?

It can be the result of something unrelated to your pregnancy. There is a good chance that you’re allergic to estrogen which many of birth control pills contain or worse, you’re allergic to another hormone. The same thing applies for women with hives during menstrual cycle. Check “Urticaria No More” for solutions.


9: Can a virus cause hives?

Absolutely. Hives caused by infection are very common, in fact it’s the main reason behind chronic idiopathic urticaria. b12 deficiency is a solid clue for infection.


10: Benadryl not working! What to do.

It is no surprise for me that benadryl (diphenhydramine) won’t do much for hives. Antihistamines in general fail miserably in treating certain types of hives.

How much Benadryl you can take for hives depends in the first place on Benadryl’s ability to work or not. Hives are a mystery, there is a myriad of causes for which you can have them.


11: How fast does benadryl work on hives?

Assuming it’ll work, 3 days max. if things didn’t got any better then it is a sign of something else. Long period antihistamines (Claritin) are required in your case.


12: What is the Best antihistamine for chronic urticaria.

There are two types of antihistamines: by prescription or over the counter (OTC). Doctors also differentiate between them as short and long term antihistamines. According to the studies we’ve examined Claritin is the most effective.


13: Home remedies for urticaria

There are a variety of natural ways to get rid of hives fast at home. Our top three favorites are: Aloe Vera gel, castor oil and Apple Cider Vinegar. If you have chronic idiopathic/autoimmune urticaria or delayed pressure then you should consider the urticaria no more 7 day challenge protocol and special supplements.


14: Hives because of emotional stress

Indeed. It is possible to break out in hives because of stress. Go to a strip club! No, seriously… sigh. Mood swings, depression or stress are all signals from your brain highlighting something that unconsciously bothers you. It means, some actions and decisions have to be made so you can get back to your emotional stability.


15: I suffer from Gluten intolerance.

If you are sure you have gluten intolerance then there is nothing to do except for a diet. Foods to avoid with chronic urticaria include:


Highly Protein foods & Wheat foods. See complete list


How to get rid of hives fast is not a complicated medical website nor a boring online encyclopedia but rather a place where you will find simple, to the point and effective information that is backed by research, studies and presented in a simple way that you can understand and apply.

Urticaria No More” was proven to tackle all the problems above; the book will either help you become hives free or give you your money back.