Does anyone have a recipe or know how to make a skin cream (or anything else) that would help with hives? I have very sensitive skin and can't use most soaps, lotions, etc. that have any scents or dyes in them. I use hypoallergenic everything, including dish soap and laundry soap, and even then, I wear rubber gloves when I'm cleaning, but I still get hives and rashes. I've been putting a lot of cortisone cream on, but I know all that steroid can't be good for my skin. Does anyone know of a more natural solution?
Kim from WI
Try igotgoop.com and request cream without any added fragrance. My friend has hives and she claims its the only cream ever to have worked. (11/20/2008)
I have the same problem and I've tried all the creams and such. What I'm using now is olive oil. I use it all over including my face and I love it. It doesn't matter what kind.
I have an old fashioned recipe for skin problems. this works great for poison ivy on to psoriasis. Find a straight willow tree, cut bark off, about 3 pounds, put in a pot and cover with water. Boil for about 30 minutes, then let simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until you get really dark solution. Let stand until cool then strain the bark away.
Rub this solution onto trouble spots 3 or 4 times a day. You may want to use some gloves as your skin on your hands may get stained. It may give other areas a tanned look, but washes away. Do not use if you have an allergy to aspirin. For the remainder of solution, put in snack bags or plastic bottles and freeze. We keep this stuff in the freezer ready to go because we get poison ivy a lot around here. It can be kept in refrigerator for a couple of months. The straight willow usually grows in ditches or on lake banks. It looks like the weeping willow without the long weeping branches. Good luck. (11/20/2008)
I too have ultra sensitive skin. I have to watch the ingredients in products I use. I am allergic to the preservative methylparaben. You will notice it is in almost everything. I think for people like us, less is more. (Actually it's best for everyone, but they just don't know it.l) Try not to use moisturizers, etc., because I think you will find they only make your skin worse.
I find I am able to use Vaseline on my hands at night to moisturize them. Also, cornstarch in bathwater is great for hives or itching if you ever get that. But watch water. Usually water makes skin conditions worse. So try to keep your hands out of water. (Also, you will notice it is an ingredient in lots of products, sigh.) Cornstarch can also be used as dusting powder.
Find a shampoo you are able to use and don't use conditioner on your hair. It may make your scalp itch. I use very little hair product. I like Mousse, but try not to get it on my skin.
A pediatrician once told me to rinse, rinse, rinse. I think you'll find that if you rinse your hands well after washing and then really dry them well, it helps. I've also been known to rinse clothing in the washer twice. Now, I add vinegar to the rinse water and only do it once. I do not use fabric softener. People like us need to get back to basics. Broken out, itchy skin isn't sexy. I must tell you that cortizone cream makes my skin itch worse. I do better with a gel product. I'm not sure why. I have a prescription. Remember everyone's body is different and what works for one person may not work for you. (11/23/2008)
By Carol in PA
Kim, use Crisco shortening. Trust me it is very soothing, has safflower oil, soybean oil, and cotton seed oil. Try it. It's also great for eczema. (02/13/2009)
By Cathy from MA
I too suffer from hives, no allergies to foods or anything else for that matter. After being on just about every antihistamine out there, which didn't help in the least, I started taking Xyzal, another antihistamine and after a month or so on that little pill, no more hives. I could eat any trigger and I was fine. After several months on it I thought I was cured and stopped taking it. A big no no. So now I'm back to getting them every day, all over. I started the Xyzal again, 3 weeks now and as of today was the first day I didn't wake up to a new set. I'm also taking Clarinex which is know to treat hives. Hope this helps someone. (02/27/2009)
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