Hives are an indication of your body experiencing an allergic reaction. Hives look like red welts and typically itch. For frequent sufferers, hives can be a real nuisance, and can appear unsightly. There are several ways to treat hives, including some home remedies. With the right products in your medicine cabinet, you can combat any outbreak of hives as soon as it begins, and reduce the duration and intensity of the outbreak.
1. Place a cool compress on the affected area. A cool compress can help to soothe the itch, and may reduce some of the visible irritation and redness.
2. Fill a bathtub with warm water and add an oatmeal bath solution. Oatmeal is frequently used to soothe redness and inflammation in many applications. If the hive outbreak is isolated to your face, try making an oatmeal facial scrub or mask to optimize the soothing properties.
3. Apply calamine lotion directly to the hives on your skin, according to the package instructions. Calamine lotion is considered to be a great treatment for irritated, itchy rashes on the skin. It is important to note that although calamine lotion may help ease the symptoms, it will not cure the rash.
4. Take an over-the-counter antihistamine if needed to clear up the hive breakout. A prescription strength antihistamine may be necessary if the rash persists. Consult your doctor if all other attempts fail to resolve the situation.