Natural Remedy for Hives (Urticaria)
My 13 year old son recently started puberty and about the same time, unexpectedly and out of the blue came down with a pretty bad case of hives (urticaria). They started on his thighs and then within a day or so, covered his whole body except for his face, neck, hands, and feet.
Being a bit of an analyst in this area, I sat down with him and thoroughly reviewed what he had been eating and drinking over the past few days. We came up with nothing unusual that could have triggered the event including any exposures to possible environmental allergens.
My son has no allergies or sensitivities of any kind and had never had hives or a skin rash before, so I was completely baffled!
Not wanting to resort to any meds, even over the counter diphenhydramine (Benadryl), I consulted a professional who advised that the hives were likely caused by the sudden burst of testosterone and were nothing to worry about long term.
She advised the homeopathic preparation “Skin” which he was to take whenever he started to itch or feel uncomfortable.
He was to take 1-2 tablets on the tongue and let them dissolve before swallowing taking care to ensure that he had nothing to eat or drink 15 minutes before or after taking them.
This homepathic preparation, a completely natural remedy for hives, worked wonderfully well. He had to take these pills off and on for about a week before the hives gradually faded away on their own.
The hives haven’t come back since so my hope is that using homeopathics instead of short circuiting the immune process with meds like Benadryl allowed him to adjust to his changing hormonal pattern without causing any long term imbalances in any way.
Has your child had hives before? What natural remedy for hives did you use that worked for you?
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.