Urticaria is raised, itchy areas of skin that are usually a sign of an allergic reaction. It can be rounded or flat-topped but are always elevated above the surrounding skin.Urticaria is also called as “Hives” or “Nettle rash”. It affects about 20 percent of people at some time during their lives. The itching may be mild to severe. Scratching, alcoholic beverages, exercise and emotional stress may worsen the itching.
Causative factors for Urticaria:
Urticaria is caused by an allergy. This allergy can occur after coming into contact with a number of possible things. All these possible allergens are normal and commonly seen or used products or even natural substances. The immune system of an affected person may respond abnormally to the presence of a substance which is otherwise completely harmless.
The most common foods that cause Urticaria are nuts, chocolates, fish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries and milk. Fresh foods cause hives more often than cooked foods. Certain food additives and preservatives may also causes Urticaria.
Types of Urticaria:
1. Acute Urticaria: Hives lasting less than six weeks. The most common causes are certain foods, medications, or infections. Insect bites and internal disease may also be responsible.
2. Chronic Urticaria: Hives lasting more than six weeks. The cause of this type of hives is usually more difficult to identify than those causing acute Urticaria. For most people with chronic Urticaria, the cause is impossible to determine. In some cases, though, the cause may be thyroid disease, hepatitis, infection, or cancer.
3. Drug-induced Urticaria:It has been known to result in severe cardiorespiratory failure. The anti-diabetic Sulphonyl urea glimepiride, in particular, has been documented to induce allergic reactions manifesting as urticarial.
Symptoms can last anywhere on the body from minutes to months or even years.
- Hives can appear on any area of the body; they may change shape, move around, disappear and reappear over short periods of time.
- The bumps – red or skin-colored “wheals” with clear edges – usually appear suddenly and go away just as quickly.
- Pressing the center of a red hive makes it turn white – a process called “blanching.”
How to diagnose an Urticaria?
Chronic hives should be evaluated by an allergist with family and medical history, substances to which you are exposed at home and at work, exposure to pets or other animals and any medications are taken recently. Allergist may want to conduct skin tests, blood tests and urine tests to identify the cause of hives. If a specific food is the suspected trigger, allergist may do a skin-prick test or a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. Once the trigger is identified, allergist advised to avoid that food and products made from it. In rare instances, the allergist may recommend an oral food challenge a carefully monitored test in which you’ll eat a measured amount of the suspected trigger to see if hives develop. If a medication is suspected as the trigger, allergist can conduct similar tests, and a cautious drug challenge similar to an oral food challenge, but with medications – may also be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
How Homeopathy helps to cure an Urticaria?
Homeopathy treatment of Hives or Urticaria, it has shown consistently good results over the ages and that too all over the world. This has been the experience of patients all over the world and at the hands of Homeopathic doctors all over the world. Even in the most severe and chronic cases, the results have been most encouraging. Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic remedies for Urticaria are selected after a full individualizing examination and case analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions.
Commonly indicated Homeopathic remedies:
Apis:This is one of the best homeopathic medicines for Urticaria. In fact, it is the most commonly prescribed one when it comes to the treatment of Urticaria. The characteristic symptoms of this medicine happen to be the burning and stinging that accompanies the eruptions. There is redness and swelling as from the sting of a honey bee. Heat is intolerable and most of the times.
Dulcamara: When the problem is triggered by exposure to cold air or dampness or wet weather, Dulcamara is the best Homeopathic medicine for Urticaria. Indiscretion in diet or taking sour food can also trigger the eruptions. There is redness and itching of the skin, though the skin is often dry. In females, the hives may be aggravated around the menstrual periods.
Natrum Mur:This is one of the most frequently used natural homeopathic medicines for Urticaria. The eruptions are red and oedematous in character. There is intense itching of the skin. Exposure to sun can easily trigger the itching and eruptions. Another factor that can cause the eruptions is exercise or any sort of exertion. The skin is usually oily or greasy.
Urtica urans: Itching and burning of the skin as if scorched, raised red blotches, fine stinging points; pale rash requiring constant rubbing; consequences of suppressed Urticaria. Eruption and itching disappears as soon as patient lies down and reappear immediately afterrising. There is oedema of the face, chest and limbs without inflammation.
- Facial pain or pressure
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose
- Loss of smell
- Cough or congestion
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis:
- You may have these symptoms for 12 weeks or more
- A feeling of congestion or fullness in face
- A nasal obstruction or nasal blockage
- Pus in the nasal cavity
- Runny nose or discolored postnasal drainage.
How to diagnose Sinusitis?
Sinus infection is most often diagnosed based on the history and examination of a doctor. Because plain X-ray studies of the sinuses may be misleading and procedures such as CT and MRI scans. Examine the physical findings like: redness and swelling of the nasal passages, pus like drainage from the nasal passages. Tenderness to percussion (tapping) over the cheeks or forehead region of the sinuses, andswelling about the eyes and cheeks. Occasionally, nasal secretions are examined for secreted cells that may help differentiate between infectious and allergic sinusitis.
How Homeopathy helps to cure for Sinusitis?
Homeopathic medicines can be of great help in the treatment of Sinusitis. The natural Homeopathic mode of treatment aims at rebuilding the body’s immunity to Sinusitis. TheHomeopathic treatment for sinusitis can completely cure the chronicity and recurrence of Sinusitis. Chronic Sinusitis stands the best chance of being cured by Homeopathy. The Homeopathic treatment of sinusitis is far superior as it does not resort to any strong medicines or antibiotics. The homeopathic medicine for sinusitis is mild and has the additional benefit that it does not cause any side effect at all.
Commonly indicated Homeopathic remedies:
Belladonna: Throbbing pains in the front part of the head that come on suddenly and tend to leave suddenly only to return are characteristic of children who need this medicine. HEPAR
Sulphur:Rarely indicated at the beginning of a sinusitis condition. Children begin sneezing and then develop sinusitis from the least exposure to cold air. Their nasal discharge is thick and yellow. The nostrils become very sore from the acrid discharge, and their nasal passages become sensitive to cold air.
Kali bich:The distinguishing feature of children with sinusitis who need this medicine is that they have a thick, stringy nasal discharge. They have extreme pain at the root of the nose that is better by applying pressure there. The bones and scalp feel sore. Dizziness and nausea when rising from sitting and the severe pain may lead to dimmed vision.
Mercurius:These children feel as though their head was in a vise. The pains are worse in open air, from sleeping, and after eating and drinking. The pains are also aggravated by extremes of hot and cold temperature. The scalp and the nose become very sensitive to the touch. Their teeth feel long and painful, and they may salivate excessively.