Homeopathic Treatment for Urticaria


What is Urticaria?

Urticaria (hives) are transient lesions thatare slightly elevated round or oval papules or plaques (wheals), red and that are often attended by severe itching. The itching may be mild to severe. Most cases of urticaria are self-limited and of short duration; the eruption rarely lasts more than several days, it but may be recurrent over weeks. Chronic urticaria is with recurrent episodes lasting longer than 6 weeks.
Etiology
Urticaria have a wide variety of allergic etiologies, and can be due to a host of other factors mentioned below:

  • food (especially peanuts, eggs, nuts and shellfish)
  • pet
  • pollen
  • medications aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics (penicillin and sulfa)
  • insect stings or bites.
  • physical stimulus such as cold, heat, sun exposure,exercise, pressure.
  • blood transfusions
  • bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections and strep throat, viral infections, including the common cold, infectious mononucleosis and hepatitis
  • associated with diseases juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, or hereditary complement deficiency
  • idiopathic (unknown cause)

What are the symptoms of Urticaria?

  • Raised itchy bumps, either red or skin-colored
  • Mild to moderate itching
  • "Blanching" (when pressed, the center of a red hive turns white)
  • Linear wheals following minor pressure or scratching of the skin
  • In JRA, the lesions coincide with the fever spike, are transient, and are due to dermal infiltrates of neutrophils.
  • In solar urticarial, patients have subtle pitted scarring of the nose and hands.
  • Additional systemic symptoms include wheezing and syncope
  • Cholinergic urticaria is characterized by small wheals with relatively large flares. They are occasionally associated with wheezing.
  • Sometimes there is overall swelling or oedema in many parts of the body called as angioedema. Sites of involvement include the eyelids, lips, tongue, larynx, and gastrointestinal tract as well as the subcutaneous tissue
  • Urticarial vasculitis is an immune complex disease in which, individual lesions tend to last longer and usually develop central petechiae or hemorrhage. The patient may also complain of burning rather than pruritus.
  • Common systemic signs and symptoms are arthralgias and/or arthritis, nephritis, and crampy abdominal pain, with asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of urticarial is established by medical history, examination, and allergy test

How does Homeopathy Treatment work in Urticaria?

The best treatment is to avoid the trigger or eliminate the cause of the hives. Low-sedating or non-sedating antihistamines are frequently recommended for the treatment of hives. They are effective and long-lasting (may be taken once a day) and have few side effects. Severe episodes of urticaria can be treated with prednisone, a similar corticosteroid medication or an immune modulator, which can reduce the severity of the symptoms.

Homoeopathic Medicine
Homoeopathy can cure urticaria, both acute and chronic. Homeopathy considers urticaria as the local expression of an internal imbalance and acts on the root cause by activating the body's own healing mechanism. For angioedema, homeopathic medicines with symptomatic anti-allergic medication under the supervision of an expert can be taken.

  • Apis mellifica is indicated in red, inflamed, raised patches, these later become purple. These patches. The rashis quite painful and tender to touch, burn and sting-much like a bee sting. Itching intolerably at night and worse from the warmth of the bed. The itching is worse in cold weather. The skin may feel better in fresh air. Generalized anasarca or asthmatic troublesas a strong concomitant to the urticarial. Change of weather, warmth, & exercise cause urticaria. The urticaria is worse during both chill as well as fever. Women, especially widows; children and girls who are awkward, and things fall from their hands.
  • Arsenicum albumurticaria is with burning and restlessness. Eruptions are clearly worse at night, tend to burn more than itch, and usually feel better from heat. The urticaria may occur after eating shellfish. Urticaria gets worse due to sea bathing. Great prostration and weakness with fainting. The disposition iseither melancholy, despairing, indifferent;anxious, fearful, restless; irritable, sensitive. The greater the suffering the greater the anguish, restlessness and fear of death. Mentally restless, but physically too weak to move. Periodicity and time aggravation is after mid-night 1-2 a.m.
  • Rhus toxicodendron is useful the patient get hives from getting wet during rheumatism, with chills and fever, worse in cold air. The patient typically feels worse in cold, damp conditions and a bit better from being warm. They may also feel generally restless. Joint pains accompany the eruptions. Patient has itching all over; worse on hairy parts with burning after scratching. Adapted to persons of rheumatic diathesis; bad effects of getting wet, especially after being over-heated.
  • Urtica urens is indicated in extreme itching and burning of skin as if the skin was scorched with plenty of raised, red blotches. The skin may require constant rubbing for the patient to remain comfortable.Eruption and itching disappears as soon as she lies down and reappear immediately afterrising. Oedema of the face, chest and limbs without inflammation. Periodicity of complaints reappearing every year in the same season. Site of urticaria is face, arms, shoulders, scalp. Vomiting and diarrhea from suppression of urticaria.
  • Astacus is a wonderful remedy for urticarial and can be given when urticaria is accompanied with liver complaints. Nettle-rash over the whole body with intense itching. The patient has internal chilliness; is very sensitive to air and is worse from uncovering.
  • Sulphur is indicated for urticarial eruptions arising from heat exposure. Intense itching and burning which worsens with scratching, washing and in night. Urticaria that have been suppressed with ointments in the past. Prone to all types of skin infections. Scratching relieves but after scratching comes burning.
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