Monday, November 14th, 2016

How does one deal with tricky facial hives

Rajkumari Tankha | November 14, 2016 5:58 pm Print
Called Facial Hives, these flat-topped bumps can occur anywhere on face and neck region. Actually, this is typically a defense mechanism of the body
Baking Soda : It is effective against facial hives

Asha Patel, 36, got small protruding red-coloured spots on her face. These were not only itchy but also gave a diseased look to her face. Patel visited a number of skin specialists but has got no permanent solution to this problem. And Patel is not alone in her misery. There are several like her.

Called Facial Hives, these flat-topped bumps can occur anywhere on face and neck region. Actually, this is typically a defense mechanism of the body. Facial hives are caused when the body perceives something the face has come in contact with as being dangerous. To counter it, the body releases histamine into the face. So, basically these hives that appear on the face is the body’s way of trying to fight off the allergin that has attacked your face.

What causes hives
Excessive exposure to sun, cold or water may result in hives. Sometimes toiletries like soaps, shampoos, conditioners etc you use may not suit you and cause these hives.

Hives are also caused by drug allergies. Antibiotics, aspirin, sulfa, penicillin, ACE inhibitors like blood pressure medications etc can all cause development of hives.

Hives can also be cause by shellfish, eggs, nuts, milk, berries and fish etc.

Sometimes certain fabrics may have this reaction.

Insect stings and bites can also cause hives.

Infections or illnesses like Lupus and Leukemia can result in formation of hives.

Some not so common causes of hives include obesity, facial surgery (head, nose or jaw), injury to your face, blood transfusion, cellulitis, sinusitis, tooth abscess, etc.

Sometimes women undergoing menopause have hives due to hormonal changes in their body.

Hives can be quite uncomfortable, but they are usually harmless. Here we give you some home remedies to get rid of these:

1. Keep your face clean by washing it with cold water 3-4 times a day. It will sooth the itch and burning sensation. You can also go for a cold compresses. Cold temperature helps shrink the blood vessels and block further release of histamine, which in turn reduces swelling, inflammation and itching.

2. Baking soda, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, is good for treatment of hives.
Make a paste of baking soda with water and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.

3. Oatmeal calms the skin and is anti-inflammatory and hence provides relief from itching caused due to hives.
Mix two cups of oatmeal, two tablespoons of cornstarch and enough water to form a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water.

4. Apple cider provides quick relief from inflammation as it contains anti-histamines and regulates the body’s immune system response.
It can either be applied on the affected portion, or one can even drink it.
For external application, dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and use it to wash the affected skin two or three times a day. For oral consumption, mix one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Add a little lemon juice and honey to improve the taste, and drink it.

5. Aloe vera gel is very good against hives. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help reduce redness, inflammation and itching when applied topically. Also, when taken internally, it stimulates immunity and removes toxins. Either apply fresh aloe vera gel to the affected skin. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Or you can also drink two tablespoons of aloe vera juice in a glass of water.

Rajkumari Tankha
Rajkumari Tankha
The writer is a Delhi-based journalist. She has previously worked for Ministry of I & B (Govt of India), Hindustan Times and Special Audience Publications.
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