Ayurveda considers urticaria as one of the Rasasthanas or disease conditions caused due to imbalance in Dosha Dhatus i.e Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurvedic approach to treating this condition is also based on understanding the causal factors behind it which has helped Ayurveda to create effective treatment options for different types of Urticarial rashes
There are many causes of Hives and even though these can be treated with natural remedies, it is always advisable to consult an Ayurvedic specialist who can help you get rid of the all cause of hives safely and effectively.
Ayurveda looks at hives in a holistic way and considers their underlying causes rather than just treating the symptoms with temporary relief. According to Ayurveda, Hives are caused due to two reasons - Excess Pitta Dosha or excess Kapha Dosha which obstructs the free flow of Vata (Air) Dosha necessary for healthy functioning of body.
According to Ayurveda, there are three main types of imbalanced doshas responsible for causing rashes like acute urticaria, chronic urticaria and other types such as physical urticaria i.e. physical stimuli like cold or hot water cause hives due to excess vata dosha in the body.
Physical urticaria or physical allergies (Contact Urticaria): After exposure to an allergen, skin cells generate IgE against it which leads to release of histamine from mast cells. This causes surrounding blood vessels to dilate and surround the affected area with redness and swelling known as hives.
Food allergies: Have you ever noticed that many people break out in rashes when they eat chocolate or strawberries? It is because their bodies refuse certain foods due to allergy causing a reaction in the form of hives on their surface. Allergic reactions in the body can be very mild or severe depending upon how allergic you are to certain foods. If you think that your food allergies are causing hives on skin, it is best to consult an Ayurvedic physician who will help you identify your problem and give necessary treatment options.
Emotional Urticaria: This type of urticaria is caused due to emotional distress such as fear, depression etc which triggers the production of excess histamine. Since emotions also have a direct impact on vata dosha, emotional stress leads to strain which affects the whole body including skin leading to rashes like hives.
Acute Urticaria (Hives): This rash appears suddenly without any obvious reason and disappears quickly too. It is caused due to irritation or injury of skin cells which triggers an allergic reaction.
Chronic Urticaria: This type of urticaria can be either chronic in nature like lasting for more than 6-8 weeks or recurrent with symptoms recurring at frequent intervals. This is usually the case when hives are triggered by emotional stress, food allergies etc which does not go away even after treatment and so requires long term therapy to get rid of it completely.
Treatment options available under Ayurveda for treating urticaria are based on the person's dosha imbalances (Vata, pitta, and Kapha) along with the physical cause of the rash. Ayurveda also focuses on underlying factors responsible for hives such as food allergies, psychological stress, and other external stimuli which trigger them.
Urticaria is commonly known as hives. It is a skin rash characterized by an irritating, itchy and raised red bump on the skin. The bumps are usually found close to the outer layer of your skin-the epidermis and can vary in size from tiny pinpricks to large swollen blisters. These bumps are not contagious nor do they harm you in any way but can be incredibly irritating and unsightly so its best to have them treated straight away if they persist for long periods of time or appear frequently.1
What causes urticaria?
Urticarial rash is caused by an allergic reaction to a certain substance. This could be either a chemical you inhale or come in contact with, such as perfume or cigarette smoke, that produces the skin reaction; or by foods such as nuts and peanuts. It can also occur when your body over responds to any stimulus causing the blood vessels around them to dilate resulting in swelling of the surrounding tissues and therefore red bumps on the skin.
What are other causes of hives?
In some cases, urticaria can be misdiagnosed for something else completely. For this reason, it's important to take note of what you eat and drink, particularly if you have frequent bouts of hives so that they don't get misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated.
Dermatographism is a similar skin condition that can make your skin swell up in response to scratching, rubbing or pressure on the skin – sometimes even just from standing. A good example of this is wearing tight clothing such as jeans and tights which causes constant friction against the skin. Some people find that they get hives along with flare-ups of eczema but others don't. It doesn't have any serious underlying health problems associated with it so there's no need to worry. As soon as you stop causing friction on the area, the swelling will subside too.