Hives, how to get rid of them. Ensure you avoids hive triggers.
Hives usually start as a raised itchy patch that appears on the skin that turns into swollen red welts or blotches when triggered by certain substances or situations. Find out ways to get rid of hives in your child once the symptoms begin to appear.
Normally hives symptoms are mild and dissipate within few days. Nevertheless, hive symptoms can persist and become troublesome for the child. If urticaria symptoms last for more than six months, it could be a sign of chronic hives. Chronic hives occur when the immune system of the body begins to attack its own tissues. The best ways to get rid of chronic hives in children is to ensure your child avoids hive triggers such as:
- Warm temperatures
- Constant pressure on the skin especially wearing tight clothing
- Medications such as the painkiller codeine and NSAIDs
- Insect bites and stings
- Certain food additives such as salicylates found in tomatoes, tea, and orange juice.
Cause of hives
If the cause of hives is successfully identified, the best way to get rid of hives is to avoid the triggers or eliminate it as follows:
Avoid giving your child all types of foods that have been identified to cause urticaria such as peanuts, shellfish, eggs and nuts.
Scratching or rubbing
Don’t use harsh soaps. Itching and scratching can worsen hives. Ensure your child takes frequent baths to reduce scratching and itching.
Restrain your child from putting on tight clothing. Loose-fitting clothes will reduce pressure hives considerably.
If exposure to cold causes hives in your child, ensure they avoid swimming alone in the cold and that they carry with them an auto-injector at all times. If the child has to be out in the cold, let them wear warm clothing together with a scarf around their nose and mouth.
Ensure your child wears sun-protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and trousers. In some instances, apply sunblocks.
If you suspect that a specific medication is causing your child’s hives, notify the pharmacist or physician immediately so that it can be stopped. Medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and antibiotics (penicillin and sulfa) are the frequent causes of hives in children.
Notify your child’s doctor or allergist immediately you start noticing hives symptoms following a blood transfusion.
Your child’s exposure to latex can trigger urticaria symptoms which can lead to serious allergic problems. Ensure you child stays far away from latex at all times.
Emotional stress or anxiety
Avoid putting your child under emotional stress or nervousness so as to avoid triggering hives. Find out what is bothering them or why they feel relentless so that they can get help as soon as possible.
Urinary tract infections and strep throat can cause hives. It is important to take your child for a frequent medical checkup so as to determine various infections that can lead to hives in future.
Iinfectious mononucleosis, common cold, HIV, and hepatitis are known to cause hives. Ensure that your child medical information is up to date and that they are under treatment for any viral infections they might have contracted.