Urticaria (hives) can be an incredibly debilitating condition, and is actually becoming more and more prevelant in today’s society. Unfortunately traditional medicine has failed to really find a cure for hives, which can be very frustrating for patients with continuous doctors appointments and numerous harsh drugs without any real, noticeable results.
Traditional Methods To Get Rid Of Hives
Traditional western medicine first aims to treat hives by trying to remove the allergen from the patients environment. This can be difficult because it’s often hard to discover what the allergen is, and it can sometimes seem to be many things that might be causing the breakouts.
Patients who are unable to get any results from changing their diet or environment are then usually prescribed anti-histamines to try and reduce the effects of the breakouts. Some patients can see results with anti-histamines but usually find that the results begin to diminish and they have to change medications in order to control their breakouts.
How Do Traditional Methods Fail
Treatment methods that employ anti-histamines and other drugs typically fail because they are treating the symptoms (the hives breakouts on the skin and whelts) instead of the actual problem that is causing the hives in the first place. This is why a lot of patients see short term improvements in their hives from removing specific foods from their diets or trying different medications, but the hives breakouts usually return without properly being cured.
Furthermore continuous taking of these drugs can actually worsen the hives breakouts because they tend to build up in the body and increase drug toxicity, which can lead to pretty severe side-effects such as nausea, lethargy and headaches.
Not only are prescription drugs harsh on the body, but they can also be quite expensive, coupled with the need to continuously see a doctor the treatment of hives can end up being a very expensive exercise. Especially if it’s not actually providing you with a real cure.
What Your Doctors Won’t Tell You About Hives
Unfortunately there aren’t many well-researched, scientific peer-reviewed studies into the benefits of natural treatments, which is why many traditional health practitioners are either unaware of them or are unwilling to adopt them. There also exists a lot of misinformation about these treatments, however thousands of people have managed to completely cure themselves from hives adopting some of these methods, which should be enough for anyone to take notice.
DigitalNaturopath.com details a report on a study that showed the benefits of a histamine restricted diet on urticaria sufferers.
The outcome of a one month histamine restricted diet with 44 individuals suffering from ‘idiopathic’ urticaria, angioedema and pruritus found that 61% reported significant improvement and 18% reported some improvement. Other symptoms such as migraines and panic attacks were also alleviated for some of the participants. As the study was not of the type favored by scientists (i.e. double blind) the authors are reluctant to draw any conclusions other than that the results suggest that this type of restricted diet may be of benefit in some cases. [ J Nut Env Med 2001;11(4)]
For a list of foods that naturally have high levels of histamine read our post on Histamine Foods.
Dr Gary Levin of Natural Urticaria and Angioedema Treatment (read our review here) is a practicing physician and surgeon who else spent years studying allopathic medicine and natural remedies, and has cured many patients completely of hives with his all natural treatment plan.
Dr Levin has carried out several research studies into hives patients and actually discovered that hives were not due to allergy, but were caused by an overactive immune system. This is how he describes it:
It’s like your body is fighting an all out war with a dangerous intruder that doesn’t exist. Your doctor may be putting on a brave face, but the truth is many allergists and physicians are just as frustrated as you are (If they take your condition seriously…). They try every known cure, treatment, and medically accepted idea — yet NOTHING works!
As a result he developed a treatment plan that focuses on the immune system and restores balance to the body, which means that he is treating the real problem and not just the symptoms, and has resultantly had incredible success.
How To Get Rid Of Hives
If you suffer from hives and have not had any real success from traditional treatment plans, then despite what your doctor or health practitioner may tell you, there are other options which are safe, relatively inexpensive and have been proven time and time again by real patients to actually work.
You don’t have to suffer any longer, hives is curable, find out more and read our hives treatment reviews.