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HIVES
(Urticaria)


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  • Hives Description
  • Hives Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • Hives Causes
  • Hives Conventional Medical Treatment
  • Herbal Recommendations
  • Diet & Nutritional Recommendations
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Notify Your Health Practitioner
  • Hives & Skin Care Support Supplement Products




  • hives - uticaria


    HIVES DESCRIPTION

    Hives, called uticaria by the medical profession, is a skin condition that is characterized by sudden outbreaks of red, itchy, swollen bumps (welts) or patches (Wheals) on the skin. Any area of the body may be affected. The welts may vary in appearance, from tiny, goosebump-like spots to rashes that cover significant areas of the body. Hives usually go away within a few hours to a few days, but in rare cases they become chronic and may last for 6 weeks or more.

    Many cases of hives are brought on as allergic reactions and coincide with the release of histamine in the body. The release of histamine into the skin produces an inflammatory reaction, with itching, swelling, and redness. Hives can cause significant discomfort, but it does not cause injury or damage to any vital organs. Sometimes hives occur as a result of unknown reasons.

    The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is important part of the excretory system. The skin acts in conjunction with other systems in our body to remove toxins and waste. Hives can be a natural reaction to the presence of a foreign substance in the body. However, an offending substance need not enter the body to trigger an outbreak of hives. Merely coming into contact with various substances, such as pesticides, soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, residues from laundry products or dry cleaning chemicals on clothing, or any other of a vast array of other seemingly innocuous household items can unleash a maddening attack of hives.

    hives & angioedema


    Angioedema is a condition that is similar to hives but affects deeper layers of the skin and causes larger wheals, edemic swelling of tissues or anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a systemic allergic reaction causing generalized itching, edemic swelling and frequently difficulty breathing.





    HIVES FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    The severity of a hives outbreak can vary from case to case as well as from person to person. Some people can break out in hives if they merely touch a certain type of plant or bush; others may develop hives only with considerable exposure, such as over consumption of a certain food.

    Hives usually cause itching, but may also burn or sting. They can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, or ears. Hives vary in size (from a pencil eraser size to the size of a dinner plate), and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques. They can last for hours, or up to three to four days before fading.

    Angioedema is similar to urticaria, but the swelling occurs beneath the skin instead of on the surface. Angioedema is characterized by deep swelling around the eyes and lips and sometimes of the genitals, hands, and feet. It generally lasts longer than urticaria, but the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours.

    Occasionally, severe, prolonged tissue swelling can be disfiguring. Hives cause discomfort, skin irritation and breakdown, and can result in skin infection. Rarely, angioedema of the throat, tongue, or lungs can block the airways, causing difficulty breathing. This may become life threatening.





    HIVES CAUSES

    Hives and angioedema form when, in response to histamine, blood plasma leaks out of small blood vessels in the skin. Histamine is a chemical released from specialized cells (mast cells) along the skin's blood vessels. Allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, insect stings, sunlight exposure, or medicines can all cause histamine release. Sometimes it is impossible to find out exactly why hives have formed.

    Hives are very common - 10 to 20-percent of the population will have at least one episode in their lifetime. Most episodes of hives disappear quickly in a few days to a few weeks. Occasionally, a person will continue to have hives for many years.

    A typical outbreak of hives may form anywhere on the body. When hives form around the eyes, lips, and genitals, the tissue may swell excessively. Although frightening, the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours. However if you have difficulty breathing or swallowing you should go to the emergency room.

    hives (urticaria)


    TYPES OF HIVES

    There are several different types of hives, including:

    ACUTE URTICARIA: Hives lasting less than six weeks. The most common causes are foods, medicines, latex, or infections. Insect bites and internal disease may also be responsible.

    The most common foods that cause hives are nuts, chocolate, fish, shellfish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries, and milk. Fresh foods cause hives more often than cooked foods. Certain food additives and preservatives may also be to blame. Hives may appear within minutes or up to two hours after eating, depending on where the food is absorbed in the digestive tract.

    Almost any prescription or over-the-counter medication can cause hives. Medicines that can cause hives and angioedema include antibiotics, pain medication (aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen), or pain killers such as codeine. Other medications include high blood pressure medications (ACE inhibitors), sedatives, tranquilizers, and diuretics (fluid pills). Dietary supplements, antacids, arthritis medication, vitamins, eye and eardrops, laxatives, vaginal douches, or any other non-prescription item can be a potential cause of hives. If you have an attack of hives, it is important to tell your health care provider about all of the preparations that you use to assist in finding the cause.

    Many infections can cause hives, such as bacterial infections and viral infections. Colds are a common cause of hives in children.

    CHRONIC URTICARIA & ANGIOEDEMA: Hives lasting more than six weeks. The cause of this type of hives is usually more difficult to identify than those causing acute urticaria. For more than 87-percent of people with chronic urticaria, the cause is unknown and the cause is found in only a small number of people. Chronic urticaria and angioedema can affect other internal organs such as the lungs, muscles and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include muscle soreness, shortness of breath, vomiting, and diarrhea.

    PHYSICAL URTICARIA: Hives caused by direct physical stimulation of the skin. Hives can be caused by cold, heat, sunlight exposure, vibration, pressure, sweating, and exercise. The hives usually occur right where the skin was stimulated and rarely appear anywhere else. Most of the hives appear within one hour after exposure. Hives due to sunlight are called solar urticaria. This is a rare disorder in which hives form on exposed areas within minutes of sun exposure and fade within one to two hours. Hives due to cold are more common. These appear when the skin is warmed after exposure to cold. If the cold has affected large areas of the body, large amounts of histamine may be release which can produce wheezing, flushing, generalized hives and fainting.

    DERMATOGRAPHISM: Hives that form after firmly stroking or scratching the skin. It affects about 5-percent of the population. Most people with this condition are otherwise healthy. These hives can also occur along with other forms of urticaria. They may typically appear in young women and last for months or even used. Dermatographism is considered a normal skin condition.

    CAUSES OF HIVES

  • Chemicals are a major cause of hives for many people. These may include anything from perfumes, to household cleaners. These can trigger a reactions. Cosmetics, pesticides, latex, laundry soaps and cleansers. Metals such as nickel, gold, mercury, and others used alone or in metal alloys can also trigger a reaction. Latex allergies are common among health care workers.

  • Nervous conditions and stress can trigger hives.

  • Viruses also can cause hives. Hepatitis B and Epstein-Barr virus, the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, are the two most common culprits. Some bacterial infections likewise can cause outbreaks of hives, both chronic and acute. An association between Candida albicans and chronic hives has been established in several clinical studies over the past several years.

  • Drugs, such as antibiotics (penicillin and related compounds) are the most common cause of drug-induced hives. At least 10-percent of American population is thought to be allergic to penicillin. Nearly one quarter of those people will develop hives, angioedema, or anaphylaxis if they ingest penicillin.

  • Plants can cause hive reactions in sensitive individuals. The most common known plants are poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and stinging nettle. Pollen or contact with the plant itself can occur. Insects and insect stings can also cause hives along with animal dander allergies or contact with animal excretions.

  • Food sensitivities such as dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, and others can result in hives. Food additives, food preservatives, and molds are included. Alcohol may produce hives. Other hives-producing substances are being identified with increasing frequency. Meat, dairy, and poultry products, especially frozen or fast foods are increasingly associated with hives, probably because many farmers and ranchers routinely give their livestock antibiotics in an effort to prevent disease or infection. These antibiotics are not affected by any subsequent amount of processing, or cooking. Allergic reactions have been traced to antibiotics in milk, soft drinks, and even frozen dinners.

  • SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO CAUSE HIVES

    The following are some of the drugs and other substances that most commonly cause outbreaks of hives in susceptible people. This list is not exhaustive, and we do not mean to imply that these items will cause a hives outbreak, only that they at least contribute to the condition in some people:
    • Animals, especially animal dander and dog saliva.
    • Aspirin.
    • Antimony, a metallic element that is present in various metal alloys.
    • Antipyrine, an agent used to relieve pain and inflammation.
    • Barbituates.
    • BHA & BHT, preservatives used in many food products.
    • Bismuth, another metallic element present in certain metal alloys.
    • Cancer, especially leukemia.
    • Chloral Hydrate, a sedative used in the treatment of tetany.
    • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine), a tranquilizer and anti-emetic.
    • Corticotropin (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, or ACTH, and sold for medicinal purposes under the brand names Acthar and Cortrosyn).
    • Environmental Factors, especially heat, cold, water, and sunlight.
    • Eucalyptus, a tree whose leaves yield an aromatic oil that is used in cough remedies and other medicines.
    • Exercise.
    • Fluorides, which are found in certain dental care products and in fluoridated drinking water.
    • Food Allergies, especially allergies to shellfish, eggs, fruits, and various nuts.
    • Food Colorings & Food Preservatives.
    • Gold.
    • Griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grisactin, and others), an anti-fungal medication.
    • Hyperthyroidism.
    • Infections, especially strep infections, hepatitis, and parasites.
    • Insect Bites.
    • Insulin.
    • Iodines, used in certain antiseptics and dyes.
    • Liver extract.
    • Makeup and other cosmetics.
    • Menthol, an extract of peppermint oil used in perfumes, as a mild anesthetic, and as a mint flavoring in candy and cigarettes.
    • Meprobamate (Miltown, Equanil, Meprospan), a tranquilizer.
    • Mercury, a toxic metallic element found in dental fillings, certain antacids, and some first-aid preparations, among other things.
    • Morphine.
    • Opium.
    • Para-Aminosalicylic Acid, an anti-inflammatory drug.
    • Penicillin.
    • Phenacetin, an ingredient in some pain medications.
    • Phenobarbitol, a sedative and anticonvulsant.
    • Pilocarpine, a glaucoma medication.
    • Plants.
    • Poliomyelitis Vaccine.
    • Potassium Sulfocyanate, a preservative.
    • Preservatives.
    • Procaine (Novocaine), an anesthetic.
    • Promethazine (Phenergan), and antihistamine, sedative, and anti-emetic.
    • Quinine, used in quinine water and anti-malaria medications.
    • Reserpine, a heart medication.
    • Saccharin, an artificial sweetener found in Sweet'n Low, many toothpastes, and many dietetic and "sugarless" products.
    • Salicylates, chemicals used as food flavorings and preservatives.
    • Soaps, including laundry soap.
    • Shampoo.
    • Sulfites, chemicals used as food preservatives and in the production of dried fruits such as raisins.
    • Tartrazine, a food dye and an ingredient in Alka-Seltzer.
    • Thiamine Hydrochloride, an ingredient in some cough medications.
    RELATED LINKS

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Insect Allergy
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Insect Bite
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Plant Allergy
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Dermatitis


    RISK FACTORS

    There are several known factors that cause histamines to be released, and hives to form. These include allergies to medications or substances in the environment, chronic infections, foods, underlying systemic disease such as asthma (a condition that causes inflammation and obstruction of the airways in the lungs), blood products given intravenously (into the vein), scratching, heat or cold, and exposure to sunlight. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that cause difficulty in breathing and lead to death. It is important to call 9-1-1 immediately if anaphylaxis is suspected.

    Hives are not contagious.

    PREVENTION

    Remove yourself from triggers that may cause hives and other allergic reactions. If a hives outbreak is the result of a food or drug that you have ingested, you obviously do not want that substance in your body again. If you cannot isolate whatever food or drug it might be that causes hives, having a health care provider do some blood work or skin testing to find the allergen may be your only solution, even though this approach can be relatively expensive.

    An elimination diet is important. See Allergies for more information.

    Occasionally, hives can persist for weeks or even months, resisting all attempts at treatment. For this reason alone, it is best to learn what the cause of the outbreak is in order to avoid it. If you suffer from chronic hives and cannot isolate the cause, eliminating all the possible allergens from your home may be your only resort. This can be a long and drawn out process. See Allergies for more information.

    Chronic hives may be linked to Candida albicans. If you suspect this may be the cause of hives, adopting a yeast-free diet can be of some benefit. See Candidiasis for more information.

    Antihistamine medications, such as diphenhydramine, cetirizine or loratadine, can be used to prevent hives. An individual should also avoid substances that provoked the reaction if it is known. Epinephrine is used to treat severe reactions such as anaphylaxis. If you have severe reactions, you should carry with you at all times injectable epinephrine to be used in case of emergency to prevent anaphylaxis.




    HIVES CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

    PHYSICAL MEDICAL EXAM

    Your health care provider will need to ask many questions in an attempt to find the possible cause. In addition to asking questions, your health care provider will perform a complete physical examination. Your skin, eyes, nose, ears, and throat will be examined. Your health care provider will look for inflammation (redness and swelling), drainage, or other signs of allergy symptoms. Since there are no specific tests for hives, or for the associated swelling of angioedema, testing will depend on your medical history and a thorough examination by your health care provider.

    Skin tests (see below) may be performed to determine the substance that you are allergic to. Routine blood tests are done to determine if a system-wide illness is present.

    DIAGNOSTIC SKIN TESTS

    An allergy skin test, also called a scratch test, is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. It is performed by applying an extract of an allergen to your skin, scratching or pricking the skin to allow exposure, and then evaluating the skin's reaction.

    First, a health care provider will examine the skin on your forearm and clean it with alcohol. (Sometimes, the skin test is performed on an area of your back.) Areas on your skin are then marked with a pen to identify each allergen that will be tested. A drop of extract for each potential allergen -- such as pollen, animal dander, or insect venom -- is placed on the corresponding mark. A small disposable pricking device is then used so the extract can enter into the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis. The skin prick is not a shot and does not cause bleeding. Sometimes, instead of the skin pricking method, a small amount of the allergen is injected just under the skin. If there are allergic antibodies in your system, your skin will become irritated and may itch, much like a mosquito bite. This reaction means you are allergic to that substance.

    Plan to spend about an hour for the entire appointment. The allergen placement part of the test takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Then you will have to wait about 15 minutes to see how your skin reacts.

    SKIN TEST PREPARATION

    Inform the health care provider who is going to perform the skin test about all medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medications. Since over-the-counter antihistamines stop allergic reactions, you should not take them for at least 48 hours before the test. Prescription antihistamines should be discontinued five to seven days before the test. Talk to your health care provider about discontinuing your prescription medicines prior to the test. Your health care provider will give you a list of medicines to avoid before the test, since there are other drugs that can interfere with the results. Since you may not be able to discontinue certain medicines, the health care provider may perform a separate "control" test to determine if that particular drug will interfere with the scratch test.

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    The test may be mildly irritating, but most people say it does not hurt too much.

    Although small amounts of allergens are introduced into your system, a skin test is considered safe when performed properly. In the event of a serious reaction in a highly sensitive individual, your allergy tester should have epinephrine on hand to inject, if necessary, to prevent a life-threatening reaction.

    After the test, the extracts and ink marks will be cleaned off your skin with alcohol. A mild cortisone cream will be applied to your arm to relieve any itching at the sites of the skin pricks. Keep the tested area on your arm uncovered when you go home. Your health care provider or allergist will use the results of the test to help develop a management plan for you.

    Call your health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever.
    • Lightheadedness or dizziness.
    • Wheezing.
    • Shortness of breath.
    DIAGNOSTIC BLOOD TESTS

    Blood tests are sometimes performed to find out what triggers an allergic reaction. Blood tests are often used if patients have a skin condition or are taking medications, such as antihistamines, that could interfere with an allergy skin test, the most common test used to identify allergy triggers. The radioallergosorbent test (RAST) and the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test are two types of blood tests used to diagnose allergies. In both, a small amount of blood is taken from the allergy sufferer and analyzed for antibodies. High levels of antibodies in the blood indicate an allergic reaction. These blood tests are not as effective as skin testing and tend to be somewhat more expensive, but can be useful in some situations.

    MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF HIVES

    The best treatment for hives and associated swelling is to identify and remove the trigger, but this is not always an easy task. The purpose of treatment is to relieve discomfort and reduce inflammation.

    Many people who suffer from acute attacks find at least temporary relief from the symptoms of hives by taking antihistamines such as hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, Teldrin, and others), or diphenhydramine (Benadryl and others). Antihistamines are usually prescribed by your health care provider to provide relief from symptoms, but some are available over-the-counter, such as Benadryl. Chronic sufferers have less success with this approach, as antihistamines are suppressive agents and may actually contribute to the persistence of hives. Antihistamines in gel or spray form can be applied topically for immediate but temporary relief of itchiness or burning. Antihistamines work best if taken on a regular schedule to prevent hives from forming in the first place. No one antihistamine works best for everyone, so your health care provider may need to try more than one or different combinations to find what works best for you.

    Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, health care providers may prescribe antihistamines, cortisone, or a bronchodilator such as terbutaline or ephedrine for people with hives. They may also prescribe sedatives for anxiety in severe cases.

    If a hives outbreak is the result of a food or drug that you have ingested, you obviously do not want that substance in your body again. If you cannot isolate whatever food or drug (or other cause) it might be that causes hives, having a health care provider do some blood work and/or a skin test (see above) to find the allergen may be your only solution, even though this approach can be relatively expensive if you do not have health insurance that covers the testing.

    Occasionally, hives can persist for weeks or even months, resisting all attempts at treatment. For this reason alone, it is best to learn what is the cause of the outbreak is in order to avoid it. If you suffer from chronic hives and cannot isolate the cause, eliminating all the possible allergens from your home may be your only resort. This can be a long, drawn-out, and painstaking process.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Allergies

    Chronic hives may be treated with antihistamines or a combination of medications. When antihistamines do not provide relief, oral corticosteroids may be prescribed.

    For severe hives or angioedema outbreaks, an injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) or a cortisone medication may be needed.

    MANAGEMENT TIPS

  • Try to identify the item or substance that caused the condition. Avoid anything you suspect may be causing outbreaks of hives.

  • While you are waiting for the hives and swelling to disappear, here are some tips:
    • Avoid hot water; use lukewarm water instead.
    • Use gentle, mild, hypoallergenic unscented soap.
    • Apply cool compresses or wet cloths to the affected areas.
    • Try to work and sleep in a cool room. Heat & humidity can cause sweating and this can aggravate the problem.
    • Wear loose-fitting lightweight clothes, preferably made of natural fibers such as cotton, that will allow air flow through the fibers, keeping the skin cool and sweat-free. Avoid synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester, or other non-breathing fabrics.
    MEDICATION CONSIDERATIONS

  • Both oral antihistamines and oral corticosteroids can have side effects, such as drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation and the inability to urinate. Antihistamines, especially the older ones such as diphenhydramine, can cause more severe reactions in the elderly.

  • Do not take any medications (including aspirin, pain relievers, sedatives, laxatives, cough syrups, and antacids) that are not prescribed for you. If you have a reaction to any prescribed medication, consult with your health care provider about other options that may be available for you.

  • For a typical case of hives, avoid using prednisone or other steroids. Instead use the herbs and nutrients listed below. Try using Nettle first.


  • SURGERY

    Surgery is not necessary for hives.





    HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Alfalfa, Bilberry extract, Cat's Claw, Chamomile, Echinacea, Ginseng, Licorice, Nettle, Sarsaparilla, and Yellow Dock are all beneficial to the hives sufferer. Alfalfa can also be used as a preventive blood tonic. It cleanses the blood and helps keep the body free of toxins. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, and avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use ginseng or licorice if you have high blood pressure.

  • Applying Aloe Vera gel to the affected area can be helpful. Aloe Vera Gel and Juice provides the unique soothing benefits of the interior potent aloe gel fillet. Aloe Vera Gel & Juice blend contains high amounts of aloe nutrients including polysaccharides.

  • Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) leaves may help. Wash and boil the leaves in water, put them on a cloth, and apply as a poultice to the affected area. See Using A Poultice for more information. Caution: Do not take this herb internally, and avoid getting it in your eyes.

  • The leaves and the bark of the Red Alder Tree, when brewed into a strong tea, can help hives. Apply it locally to the affected area, and take a couple of tablespoons internally as well. Reapply several times daily until the hives abate. Red alder contains the astringent tannin.

  • Bee Propolis is a resin collected from plants by bees and used in the construction of hives. It is a medicinal marvel of the hive. Research shows it has antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties.

  • Blood Cleanse is a blend of five powerful blood purifiers that remove toxins from the blood, lymphatics and liver, leading to vibrant, healthy skin. According to Ayurveda, most inflammatory skin conditions are a result of high pitta in the blood. Blood cleanse is formulated to remove this excess pitta, thus relieving skin irritations. It increases circulation and promotes healing as it clears out foreign tissues, obstructions and stagnant blood. Blood Cleanse also helps calm pitta emotions such as anger and aggression.

  • Flaxseeds are an important source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including Omega-3, plus Magnesium, Zinc and dietary fiber. Flax oil from flax seeds is the richest known source of linolenic acid.

  • Grape Seed Extract is a very powerful antioxidant, it helps maintain capillary health, and has the ability to neutralize free radicals.

  • Jewelweed soap bar calms the itch immediately and has been proven to offer fast relief by thousands of users.

  • Colloidal Silver is effective for minor skin irritations, rashes hives, insect bites, sores, burns, inflammation, skin swelling and dry, itchy, cracked skin.

  • Violet leaf can be used for coughs, sore throats, asthma, tumors, acne, swollen glands and headaches.

  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) combined with Vitamin C offers support for allergies, connective tissue, joint flexibility, immune function, arthritis, osteoporosis, digestive disorders, circulation,bruising, carpal tunnel syndrome, and antioxidant protection. MSM is helpful against pain and allergies, this supplement is safe, natural and side-effect-free.

  • Unker's Medicated Salve has been providing healing and relief for over 60 years. It works great for arthritis, sore muscles and joints, bruises, throat congestion, sinus problems, psoriasis, and much more. For the temporary relief of pain and itching associated with minor cuts, scrapes, minor burns, sunburns or minor skin irritations.

  • HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

    Bovista, Cantharis, and Rhus Toxicodendron are homeopathic remedies that may alleviate symptoms of hives.





    DIET, NUTRITION, & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Avoid alcohol and all processed foods, which put added stress on the body by depleting utrients. Also avoid dairy products, eggs, chicken, and nuts. Especially avoid foods high in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sugar.

  • An Elimination Diet is important. See Allergies for more information.

  • Vitamin A & Vitamin D are both involved in the cycles of mineral and hormone balance which help to maintain normal bone formation and density. In addition, Vitamin A is an important nutrient in maintaining cell membrane integrity, and normal vision and reproduction. Both are important in immune system support.

  • A complete Vitamin B Complex of 8 essential vitamins are important for proper nerve function and stress support. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.

  • Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's' important enzyme systems. White blood cells utilize Vitamin C to help produce cytotoxic enzymes which they use to eliminate foreign matter. Vitamin C is important in immune system support.

  • Vitamin E is a major antioxidant and the primary defense against lipid peroxidation. It is particularly important in protecting the body's cells from free radical/oxidative damage. Aids in healing of damaged tissues and skin scarring. Vitamin E is taken internally and may be used externally directly on skin to help healing.

  • FOOD ADDITIVES TO AVOID

  • FOOD COLORINGS: Tartrazine (FD&C Yellow Dye No. 5), a food dye, has been long known to cause hives, particularly in children. This dye is added to nearly every packaged food as well as to some drugs. People who are sensitive to aspirin are especially likely to be sensitive to tartrazine. Foods that commonly contain tartrazine include ice cream, margarine, cake mixes, cloves, jam and jelly, bakery goods except plain bread, Jell-O, candies, gum, hot dogs, oil of wintergreen, toothpaste, mint flavors, lozenges, mouthwash, and lunch meats such as salami and bologna. The following liquids also commonly contain tartrazine: cider and cider vinegars, wine and wine vinegars, Kool-Aid and similar beverages, soda and soft drinks, gin and all distilled alcoholic beverages (except vodka), all tea, beer, diet drinks and supplements, and birch beer.

  • FLAVORINGS: Include those flavorings found in puddings, cake mixes, ice cream, chewing gum, and soft drinks. Sometimes vanilla, cinnamon, menthol, and the artificial sweetener Aspartame can cause hives.

  • SALICYLATES: Found in aspirin and some over-the-counter drugs, Salicylates are also naturally occurring substances found in foods. Salicylates commonly cause reactions in people who are also sensitive to tartrazine (see food colorings above). Foods containing salicylates include almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, cucumbers and pickles, currants, gooseberries, grapes or raisins, nectarines, oranges, peaches, plums or prunes, raspberries, strawberries, and tomatoes.

  • FOOD PRESERVATIVES: Benzoic acid and benzoates, the most commonly used food preservatives, are likely to cause hives. BHT and BHA can also be allergenic. Sulfites added to many processed foods and most beers and wines can also cause hives. Sulfites and benzoates are commonly used on fish and shrimp to help keep them fresh, which explains why so many people develop hives after eating these foods.

  • EMULSIFIERS & STABILIZERS: These substances are used in processed foods to ensure that the oils and solids do not separate. The polysorbate in ice cream and the vegetable gums found in other foods including acacia, gum arabic, tragacanth, quince, and carrageenan can be allergenic.

  • SKIN CARE

  • Use only hypoallergenic skin care products.

  • For topical treatment, use Cornstarch or Colloidal Oatmeal added to bath water. A good oatmeal product for this purpose is Aveeno Bath Treatment, available from Amazon.com. Bathing in cool water with Baking Soda added also may relieve symptoms.

  • Take a cool shower when you see the first signs of hives appearing. Make sure that it is cool, not hot. This may slow the spreading of hives.

  • If sun exposure is the cause of your hives, apply a strong Sunscreen. This will usually alleviate the problem.

  • Wear loose fitting clothing made of natural fibers. Cotton and linen are good choices, allowing your skin to breathe and air circulation. Wool often causes skin irritation and/or allergic reactions in some sensitive individuals.

  • STRESS RELIEF

  • Tension and stress usually make hives worse. For tension and stress-related hives, practice stress relaxation.

  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Relaxation Techniques
    MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: Stress





    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for those over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years old, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
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    Acidophilus
    As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Reduces allergic reactions and helps replenish "friendly" bacteria. Use non-dairy formula.

  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
    As directed on label. Has anti-inflammatory properties. Relieves itching, pain, and inflammation, essential for healthy skin. Promotes lubrication of the skin.

  • EFA Supplement Products
  • Flaxseed Herbal Supplement Products
  • Evening Primrose Herbal Supplement Products
  • Garlic (Kyolic)
    As directed on label. Aids in destroying bacteria.

  • Garlic Herbal Supplement Products
  • Herpanacine
    As directed on label. Contains antioxidants, amino acids, and herbs that promote overall skin health.

  • Herpanacine Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin
    And
    Multimineral Complex
    As directed on label. To correct any nutrient or mineral deficiencies that may be contributing to outbreaks.

  • Multivitamin Supplement Products
  • Multimineral Supplement Products
  • Quercetin
    500 mg twice daily or as directed on label. Increases immunity and decreases reactions to certain foods, pollens, and other allergens. Reduces inflammation and reactions to substances that may cause hives.

  • Quercetin Supplement Products
  • Anti-AllergyFormula
    As directed on label. A combination of Quercetin, Calcium Pantothenate, and Calcium Ascorbate (Vitamin C).

  • Allergy Relief Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex
    As directed on label. Amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary. Needed for the functioning of the nervous system and for healthy skin.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus
    Vitamin B-5
    (Pantothenic Acid)

    And
    Vitamin B-12
    B-5: 250 mg 3 to 4 times daily at first outbreak. Reduce to 1 to 2 times daily when hives subside.

    B-12: 1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily.
    Vitamin B-5 aids with the body's immune defense. Vitamin B-12 prevents nerve damage and promotes normal growth of the skin. Use a lozenge or sublingual form if available.

  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-12 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C)
    With
    Bioflavonoids
    1,000 mg 3 times daily. Enhances immune response, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Works with Quercetin to increase antioxidant properties.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Vitamin D-3
    400 IU daily. To reduce outbreaks. Vitamin D is necessary for immune support.

  • Vitamin D Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    600 IU daily. Taken orally, necessary for proper immune function. A powerful antioxidant that improves circulation to the skin tissues. Aids healing of inflammed skin when applied topically.

  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Plus Selenium
    100 mcg daily. Do not exceed a total daily intake of 800 mcg daily from all sources, including diet. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Works with Vitamin E. Selenium has antioxidant properties. Caution: Do not take supplemental Selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease.

  • Selenium Supplement Products
  • Zinc
    50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Necessary for proper immune function. Promotes a healthy immune system and healing of skin tissues. Needed for proper concentrations of vitamin E in the blood. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.

  • Zinc Supplement Products





  • NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • If you have had hives for longer than six weeks, or if you are developing an acute case of hives, consult your health care provider.

  • If hives develop in your mouth or throat, and especially if it causes swelling around the throat or interferes with swallowing or breathing to any extent at all, seek medical help immediately. Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital or call for emergency assistance. Hives can signal or accompany the onset of anaphylaxis, a dangerous allergic reaction that can block the breathing passages. The possibility of anaphylaxis is what makes allergies to insect stings, such as those from bees, a potentially serious concern. If you have ever had this type of reaction, you should be under a health care provider's care and have an epinephrine injection kit on hand. Make sure you know how to use it, and keep the kit with you at all times.

  • If hives or angioedema occur with any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider right away or call 9-1-1 and go to the emergency room for treatment:
    • Dizziness.
    • Wheezing.
    • Difficulty breathing.
    • Tightness in the chest.
    • Swelling of the tongue, lips, or face.
    ALLERGIES

  • You have allergies or suspect allergies and may need professional consultation and allergy testing.
  • You have any increase of symptoms or other signs of allergies.
  • You have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. Some people may have sensitivity, allergies, or other health conditions which would prevent them from using certain herbs or other treatments.

  • USE YOUR EPINEPHRINE KIT IF YOU HAVE A SUDDEN INTENSE REACTION TO ANY ALLERGEN SUBSTANCE AND IMMEDIATELY GO TO YOUR NEAREST HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM FOR ASSESSMENT. THIS CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING!

    ALLERGY RESOURCES

  • The Allergy Report - A manual for primary health care professionals
  • (800) 822-2762
    www.theallergyreport.org

  • AllergyWeb
  • www.allergyweb.com
  • American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology (AAAAI)
  • 611 E. Wells Street
    Milwaukee, WI, 53202
    (404) 272-6071 or (800) 822-2762
    www.aaaai.org

  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • 930 N. Meacham Rd.
    Schaumburg, IL 60173
    (847) 330-0230 or (888) 462-DERM (3376)
    www.aad.org

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • P.O. Box 7424
    San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
    (415) 561-8500
    www.aao.org/news/eyenet

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • www.aap.org/

  • The American Association of Immunologists
  • 9650 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 530-7178
    E-mail: infoaai@aai.faseb.org
    www.aai.org

  • American Board of Allergy & Immunology
  • (215) 592-9466
    E-mail: abai@abai.org
    www.abai.org

  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)
  • 85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (847) 427-1200 or (800) 842-7777
    http://allergy.mcg.edu

  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • 3300 Dundee Rd.
    Northbrook, IL 60062-2348
    (847) 498-1400 or (800) 343-2227
    E-mail: accp@chestnet.org
    www.chestnet.org/

  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Internal Medicine
    190 N. Independence Mall West
    Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572
    (215) 351-2600 or (800) 523-1546 ext. 2600
    www.acponline.org/

  • American Dietetic Association
  • 1225 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995
    (312) 899-0040
    www.eatright.org

  • American Lung Association (National Office)
  • 61 Broadway, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10006
    (212) 315-8742 or (800) LUNG-USA (586-4872)
    E-mail: info@lungusa.org
    www.lungusa.org

  • American Thoracic Society (ATS)
  • Medical Section of the American Lung Association
    1740 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019-4374
    (212) 315-8700
    E-mail: jcorn@lungusa.org
    www.thoracic.org

  • The Anaphylaxis Campaign
  • www.Anaphylaxis.org

  • AsmaNet
  • www.remcomp.com/asmanet/

  • Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • 1125 Fifteenth Street
    Washington, DC, 20005
    (202) 466-7643 or (800) 7-ASTHMA (727-8462)
    E-mail: info@aafa.org
    www.aafa.org

  • Asthma & Allergy Information Association
  • 65 Tromley Dr., Suite 10
    Etobicoke, Ontario, M9 8 5Y7
    (905) 712-2242


  • I Breathe
  • Site sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
    www.ibreathe.com

  • Clinical Immunology Society
  • www.clinimmsoc.org

  • Food Allergy Awareness Support & Training Inc.
  • www.FAASTCincy.org

  • The Food Allergy Network
  • 10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    (703) 691-3179 or (800) 929-4040
    E-mail: fan@worldweb.net
    www.foodallergy.org

  • Food Allergy Research & Resource Program
  • http://farrp.unl.edu/

  • Food Anaphylactic Children Training & Support Associations
  • www.allergyfacts.org.au

  • Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)
  • www.ginasthma.com

  • Health Talk Interactive: Asthma Education Network
  • www.healthtalk.com/aen/index.html

  • Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • 25 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite 206
    Towson, MD 21204
    (410) 321-6647 or (800) 296-4433

  • The Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • 50 N. Brockway, Suite 3.3
    Palatine, IL 60067
    (847) 934-1918
    E-mail: JCAAI@aol.com
    www.jcaai.org

  • National Advisory Allergic & Infectious Disease Council
  • 9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    (301) 496-5717

  • National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Asthma Education Program & Prevention Program
    NHLBI Information Center
    P.O. Box 30105
    Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
    (301) 251-1222
    www.nhlbi.nih.gov

  • National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
  • NIAID Office of Communications & Public Liaison
    Building 31, Room 7A-50
    31 Center Drive MSC 2520
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2520
    www.niaid.nih.gov

  • Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center
  • (800) 437-4055
    E-mail: info@nwasthma.com
    www.nwasthma.com



    LOCAL RESOURCES

    Tufts New England Medical Center
    John Ohman, Jr. M.D. FACP
    Chief, Division of Allergy
    South Building, 3rd Floor
    800 Washington Street
    Box 30
    Boston, MA 02111
    Phone: 617-636-5333
    Fax: 617-636-4843
    Webpage: Tufts Medical Center: John Ohman Jr M.D.


    John Ohman, M.D. FACP
    Daniel Steinberg, M.D.
    Allergy & Asthma Center of Massachusetts
    Chestnut Hill Allergist
    Chestnut Hill Medical Center
    25 Boylston Street, Suit L0
    (Route 9 West in Chestnut Hill next to Legal Seafood)
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
    Phone: 617-232-1690
    Fax: 617-739-7082

    E-mail: office@massallergy.net
    Webpage: www.massallergy.net


    ALLERGY READING LIST

  • Allergies A to Z By Myron A. Lipkowitz, RP, MD
  • Allergies, Disease in Disguise: How to Heal Your Allergic Condition By Carolee Bateson-Koch
  • Allergy Plants That Cause Sneezing and Wheezing By Mary Jelks, MD
  • Allergy, Asthma and Immunology From Infancy to Adulthood By
  • Best Guide to Allergy By Nathan Schultz, Allan Giannini, Terrace Chang
  • Essential Allergy By Niels Mygind, et al.
  • Human Exposure Assessment for Airborne Pollutants: Advances & Opportunity; & Indoor Allergens: Assessing & Controlling Adverse Health Effects National Academy Press
  • Manual of Allergy & Immunology By Glenn J. Lawlor, Jr., et al.
  • Sinus Survival: A Self-Help Guide for Allergies, Bronchitis, Colds & Sinusitis By Robert S. Ivker
  • Sneezing Your Head Off? How to Live With Your Allergic Nose By Peter Boggs, MD
  • You Can Do Something About Your Allergies By Nelson L. Novick

  • CHILD ALLERGIES

  • Cooking For The Allergic Child By J. Moyer
  • Complete Book of Children's Allergies By B.R. Feldman, MD
  • Taming Asthma & Allergy By Controlling Your Environment By Robert A. Wood, MD
  • Children With Asthma: A Manual for Parents By Thomas E. Plaut, MD

  • FOOD ALLERGIES

  • Diets to Help Gluten &nd Wheat Allergy By Rita Greer
  • Food Allergy: A Primer for People By S. Allan Bock, MD
  • Your Food-Allergic Child: A Parent's Guide By Janet E. Meizel
  • A Parent's Guide to Allergies & Asthma By Marion Steinmann
  • Asthma Resource Directory By Carol Rudoff, MA
  • All About Asthma & How to Live With It By Glennon, Paul, MD, & Barbara Fafoglia
  • Ask the Doctor: Asthma By Vincent Frieldewald, MD
  • Asthma and Exercise By Nancy Hogshead & Gerald S. Couzens
  • Asthma in the Workplace By Bernstein, et al.
  • Breathing Disorders: Your Complete Exercise Guide By Neil F. Gordon, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Bronchial Asthma: Principles of Diagnosis & Treatment By Eric M. Gershwin & Georges Halpern
  • Conquering Asthma: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding & Care for Adults By Michael T. Newhouse & Peter J. Barnes
  • Coping With Asthma By Carolyn Simpson
  • Let's Talk About Having Asthma By Elizabeth Weitzman
  • Diets to Help Asthma & Hay Fever By Roger Newman Turner

  • ALLERGY LINKS

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Hay Fever
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac Plant Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Sulfite Allergies
    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Detecting Your Hidden Food Allergies
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: The Rotation Diet For Allergies
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Gluten Restricted Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Allergy Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Allergies Links





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    Temporarily relieves allergy symptoms congestion sneezing watery eyes difficult breathing itching rashes. All Regions Formula, BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulation the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens called allersodes.
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    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Grass Pollen Treatment, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    All Region Relief for temporary relief of allergy symptoms, sinus pain and pressure, congestion, sneezing and runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, headache. BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic allergens called allersodes. The result of this two-part combination formula is a system of natural allergy treatment for the relief of symptoms without the unwanted side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth. Advanced formulations Non-drowsy formulas No excessive dryness or thirst All Region Relief bioAllers products are specifically formulated to deliver allergy symptom relief in any climate and in any region across the U.S.
    Kalyx: Allergy Food & Chemical Relief, King Bio Homeopathic, 2 fl oz: HF
    King Bio Homeopathic Allergy Food & Chemical Relief for relief of minor symptoms of mucus congestion, headaches, gas, bloating, itchiness and mild swelling associated with the consumption of certain foods, exposure to chemical irritants or over sensitivity to the environment.
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    Ginger and Nettles Leaf Eyebright and Trmeric Root Relief in a Bottle. Allergy Shots uses the power of ginger and a host of other herbal ingredients to provide a fast acting shoot for allergy suffers.
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    NatraBio BioAllers Outdoor Allergy is homeopathic relief for sinus allergy sufferers and pollen, hay fever allergies. Outdoor Allergy is a homeopathic combination to help relieve symptoms of pollen and hay fever allergic reactions such as fever, runny nose, sneezing, itchyand watery eyes, sinus pressure and headache. Helps desensitize sufferers against future pollen and hay fever allergic episodes.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Outdoor Allergy Treatment, 60 Tablets: HF
    BioAllers Outdoor Allergy Treatment pollen and hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, sinus pressure, headache. BioAllers provide symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. BioAllers combine precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens. This special two part medicine acts to relieve allergy symptoms and to promote resistance by gradually exposing the body to allergens over time.
    Kalyx: Allergy Relief, Natra-Bio, 60 Tabs: K
    Providing natural relief for the symptoms of: Runny Nose Sneezing Itchy, Watery Eyes Hay Fever Allergies Upset Stomach NatraBio® is proud to bring you the next era in symptom relief. Scientifically developed to deliver fast, effective relief in a quick and convenient liquid, NatraBio® products are strong enough for the toughest symptoms yet gentle enough for children.
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    Kalyx: Jade Dragon Seasonal Allergies (Pe Min Gan Wan), NuHerbs, 200 Pills: TC
    Quickly clears nasal congestion due to Wind-Cold. Excellent for seasonal allergy sneezing and runny nose.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Animal Hair And Dander Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    Temporarily relieves allergy symptoms congestion sneezing watery eyes difficult breathing itching rashes. All Regions Formula, BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulation the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens called allersodes.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Allergy Treatment Mold Yeast and Dust, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Grass Pollen Treatment, Homeopathic, Bio-Allers, 1 fl oz: HF
    All Region Relief for temporary relief of allergy symptoms, sinus pain and pressure, congestion, sneezing and runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, headache. BioAllers provides symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. bioAllers combines precise levels of homeopathic allergens called allersodes. The result of this two-part combination formula is a system of natural allergy treatment for the relief of symptoms without the unwanted side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth. Advanced formulations Non-drowsy formulas No excessive dryness or thirst All Region Relief bioAllers products are specifically formulated to deliver allergy symptom relief in any climate and in any region across the U.S.
    Kalyx: Bio-Allers Outdoor Allergy Treatment, 60 Tablets: HF
    BioAllers Outdoor Allergy Treatment pollen and hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, sinus pressure, headache. BioAllers provide symptom relief for allergy sufferers by stimulating the body's natural systems involved in allergic reactions. BioAllers combine precise levels of homeopathic ingredients with specific homeopathic allergens. This special two part medicine acts to relieve allergy symptoms and to promote resistance by gradually exposing the body to allergens over time.


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