4 Homemade Remedies for Ridding Yourself of Hives

May 7th 2016

Hives can cause you to feel uncomfortable, itchy and sore. Seek out home remedies that reduce swelling and inflammation and provide relief while your skin heals.

Therapeutic Bathing

Cool water helps to calm skin inflamed by hives. Soak in a cool bath or take a cool shower to expose your skin to the calming properties of water. Natural agents such as apple cider vinegar or oatmeal can also be added to your bath water. Oatmeal and vinegar help to minimize itching and soothe the skin when it is inflamed and bright red from a breakout of hives.

Cold Compress

A homemade cold compress applied to the affected area of the skin may help to reduce swelling and itching caused by hives. Wrap a few ice cubes in a wash cloth, pack a compress with ice cubes or apply a frozen bag of vegetables to your skin for approximately 10 minutes four to five times each day. Application of a cold compress or ice can help to shrink blood vessels within the skin and reduce the risk of histamines from the hives entering the bloodstream.

Baking Soda Paste

Baking supplies found in your kitchen also serve as home remedies for hives. Create a baking soda paste by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of water. Apply the paste directly to the hives on the skin and allow the mixture to penetrate the skin for at least 20 minutes. The baking soda paste works to reduce swelling near the site of your hives and eases any itchy sensations.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera is a powerful, natural agent to help soothe sunburns on the skin. It also helps to reduce swelling and itching caused by hives. Aloe vera gel contains antimicrobial properties to speed up the healing of your skin and reduce pain and discomfort hives can commonly cause. Squeeze out the cooling gel from an aloe vera plant and apply the gel directly to the site of the hives on the skin. Allow the natural substance to work into the skin for at least 20 minutes.


Those red, itchy bumps invading your skin can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort, especially when you are resisting the temptation to scratch a cluster of hives. Hives occur as a result of exposure to extreme temperatures; allergies; reactions to medications, detergent or clothing; or skin conditions. Consult with a physician to identify the cause of your hives and determine the best course of treatment. You can also attempt to relive the pain and itching with a few home remedies.

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