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I finally figured out how to deal with hives.

  1. Take an antihistamine every morning.
  2. Scrub your face a couple of times a day with dandruff shampoo. I use the Rite-Aid store brand. There are a couple of different medicated ones and I just use both. I also bought some off of EBay, called Nizoral. I use it once or twice a week.
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  4. I put a couple of drops of tea tree oil in my hand and mix it with Eucerin Skin Calming, anti-itch lotion and I use this once a day. My hives are on my face and neck, so that's where I use it.
  5. I also use Sarna lotion if I am really itchy.
  6. This is "very important": I tan, two or three times a week, in a high-pressure tanning bed. It takes 10-12 minutes each time, and it is what really saved me.

Hives were ruining my life. So much better now! Good luck:)

By kcrowe52 from Wilsonville, OR

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October 18, 20120 found this helpful

Tanning beds are not a good remedy for hives. Tanning beds cause skin cancer, which is worse than a case of hives. Ask your doctor for safe, effective medications for easing your hives. An allergist can test you to find the cause, so you can avoid those items that trigger your reaction.

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October 18, 20120 found this helpful

Hives are very reactive to any kind of heat factor - negatively. I have had something triggering off hives for me the last 3 summers. Instructed to stay out of the sun completely during this time.


Cooling compresses of Epsom salts was the best. My hives this year looked like weeping chicken pox. All over my hands and forearms. This year they lasted 3 weeks. Wearing soft cotton gloves or socks over my hands when I slept was hard, but I feared them spreading to my face. This happens the end of June. The first year it was 6 weeks, cause I did not know what was happening, nor how to head them off.

This year, I went to my doctor (again) who scripted topical steroid meds BUT this year I reacted to the steroids, now they consider that an allergy reaction.

The comfort zone for me was the epsom salt soaks. Preparing food, doing kitchen, bathing, etc, used VINYL Gloves. They suspected a latex allergy landed on top of this.

As these 3 years of hives have been taking place, indeed, latex has become one of my allergies, more breathing exposure, but amount in wearables is monitored as well.


Hives need to have an origin. For me grabbing the tea tree oil and other products would have been challenging NOT knowing if it would make it worse. Some things that had been tried also made it horrible. The skin on the hands harden, scab up, then peel off. Much like a reactive burn. I am a gardener, and except for that period of June, I have no reaction in the gardens. Organic in every way, no sprays, etc.

The fact that hives can spread, not only is horrible to deal with, but the immune system is challenged and this is a reaction. With all the super bugs, sepis, etc. it is not something to shrug off.

Hives after eating, say strawberries, etc meaning you need to be concerned about having an EPI pen handy. This falls in line with fabrics, detergents, etc.

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October 18, 20120 found this helpful

The suggestion of the shampoo you list is a TAR based products. In addition, T-Gel is another brand. Like if you have Psoriasis. That is treated with a few minutes of sun lamps. It is not hives. It is a serious scaring skin condition and should be not confused with hives.


your other suggetions of the Tea Tree oil, etc also falls into line with the psoriasis treatment plan.

One of my kids had this, enhanced with his allergies, asthma relationship. His work occupation means he has to watch it year round, be careful of the kinds of caps/hats he wears, gets 10 min of sun exposure on the area concerned (his head). He also found by having his wife do hair cuts to the quick, air exposure has eliminated alot of issues. Occupations around farming/field work, elevators with the grain, etc enhance the ignored issues. Pay attention to what creates the problems.

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October 21, 20120 found this helpful

I know that tanning beds can cause cancer. I get that. But it clears up my skin, and I feel and look better. So there it is.
Mine are like welts, they ooze a little and itch like crazy! They just bubble up for no reason. They also bleed if I scratch them at all. I had a friend with psoriasis and it looked nothing like what I have.


The doctor said they are stress hives, but didn't give me anything to treat them, except to reduce stress. Not so easy to do. I actually got all of my ideas online...a lot from this site. I decided to try a few things at once..and it worked, thank goodness! Thanks for the feedback, though.

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October 22, 20120 found this helpful

Yup, keep tanning 2-3 times a week and you won't have to worry about hives anymore. Look up melanoma and see how that compares. Very dangerous.

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