Hives are generally harmless rashes or bumps that are often traceable to an allergy. The medical term for the condition is urticaria. Certain foods such as peanuts and dairy products, as well as insect bites, medications, and pollen are some of the triggers for hives, though occurrences cannot always be linked to a trigger. If you have a new case of hives that will not go away, it is best to consult a doctor to be sure it's not something more serious. Otherwise, hives usually heal on their own in a few days, but some home remedies can speed healing and alleviate discomfort.
Baking soda has anti-inflammatory qualities that make it a popular choice for treating hives. Mix baking soda in warm water until it forms into a thick paste and spread this over the rash. Leave the poultice in place for about ten minutes, then wash the area with warm water. This treatment can be reapplied daily until the hives have healed.
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