Skin Health - Urticaria

Urticaria (also known as hives) is one of the most common skin conditions presented.  They appear as raised, red itchy bumps of varying sizes and can appear anywhere on the body.  Hives usually appear and resolve in a relatively short period of time – with or without the aid of anti-histamines.  However, in instances where hives persist for many weeks, a deeper look into the cause is ideal.

Common causes of hives include:

  • Medication
  • Insect bite or sting
  • Allergic reaction to food or drink
  • Environmental allergen
  • Heat or cold
  • Pressure on the skin (eg. tight band)

When hives continue to occur, even after the cause has been removed, or if the cause cannot be identified, a more thorough investigation is necessary.  Areas of focus for chronic hives may include:

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Gut imbalances, dysbiosis
  • Thyroid disease
  • Liver function


Aside from anti-histamine medications, there can be other natural options to provide symptomatic relief.