Urticaria Treatment in Ayurveda
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What is Urticaria?
Urticaria skin disease, also known as hives, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or plaques on the skin that appear suddenly, either as a result of the body's reaction to certain allergens or for unknown reasons. When an allergic reaction occurs, the body releases a protein called histamine. When this histamine is released, the tiny blood vessels known as capillaries leak fluid. The fluid accumulates in the skin and causes a rash.
It usually causes itching, but may also burn or sting. They may appear at any part of the body which includes the tongue, lips, face, throat or ears. They vary in size and may join together to form larger areas known as plaques. Their hives may last within a few hours or up to one day before fading. Hives affect around 20 percent of people at some time in their life.
Types of Urticaria
There are several different types of hives, including:
- Acute urticaria: Hives lasting less than six weeks. The main cause is certain infections, foods or medicines used before. Other reasons like internal disease and insect bites are also responsible. The common food items like fish, nuts, eggs, chocolate, tomatoes, milk and fresh berries also cause hives. Fresh foods cause hives more often than cooked foods.
- Angioedema and chronic urticaria: Hives take more than six weeks to last. It is more difficult to identify the cause of this type of hive than those causing acute urticaria. It is very difficult to determine the cause of chronic urticaria for most people. In some of the cases, thyroid, hepatitis infection and cancer may also be the cause of urticaria. Angioedema and chronic urticaria affect other internal organs also like muscles, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include muscle soreness, shortness of breath, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Physical urticaria: Hives caused by direct physical stimulation of the skin, for example, cold, heat, sun exposure, vibration, pressure, sweating, and exercise. The hives often occur exactly where the skin was changed and hardly appear elsewhere. Most of the hives appear within one hour after exposure.
- Dermatographism: This is a basic form of physical urticaria in which scratching and stroking of skin are formed by hives. The hives can also occur with other forms of urticaria.
Diagnosis of Urticaria
The doctor will ask many questions in an attempt to find the possible cause of urticaria skin disease. Since there are no specific tests for hives or the associated swelling or angioedema, testing will depend on your medical history and a thorough exam by your primary care doctor or dermatologist. There is the need for a skin test to be performed to find out the substance which creates allergy to your skin. Routine blood tests are also performed to find out the presence of system-wide illness
Causes of Urticaria
Doctors often can't identify the exact cause of chronic hives. The skin reaction may have these urticaria causes:
- Pain medications, including some antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ACE inhibitors, used for high blood pressure.
- Insects or parasites
- Infection, including influenza, the common cold, glandular fever, and hepatitis B.
- Heat or cold
- Alcohol or food
- Pressure on the skin, such as from a tight waistband
Signs and Symptoms of Urticaria
Utricaria symptoms include the following:
- There may be seen skin or red-colored welts which appear anywhere on the body.
- Welts may vary in shapes, size and appear and get fade continuously as the reaction changes its course.
- Severe Itching can occur.
- Painful swelling of the lips, eyelids and inside the throat.
- A tendency for signs and symptoms to flare with triggers such as heat, exercise, and stress
Urticaria Treatment in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda urticaria skin disease is called ‘Sheetapitta’. According to Ayurveda, aggravation of kapha (water) and vata (air) occurs when people come in contact with cold air. It also causes the aggravation of pitta dosha (fire) which spread into the rakta dhatu (blood tissues). Rakta dhatu is vitiated due to excess of pitta. Then aggravated doshas relocate in the skin, which causes the urticaria (Sheet pitta).
Temporary relief is only got by modern medicines like steroids and antihistamine but no long term or permanent cure is possible. Ayurveda has the power to treat the root cause of the disease which is different from various angles and provides holistic treatment and care of urticaria. There is various urticaria ayurvedic medicine available these days. Although the treatment is a bit long term ranging from 3 to 5 months, urticaria can be completed cured with urticaria treatment Ayurveda and Panchakarma like virechan, vaman, raktamokshana, and basti
- Vamana - Urticaria treatment Ayurveda consists of vaman therapy. Vaman is one of the five therapies of panchakarma in Ayurveda. Vaman means therapeutic vomiting which is a medicated emesis. Vamana treatment is targeted to expel increased Kapha Dosha out of the body. This treatment is done for the aggravated kapha dosha, which dislodges the toxins mainly from the respiratory, gastrointestinal tract and skin diseases.
- Virechana - Virechana is the administration of purgative substances for the cleansing of pitta through the lower pathways. Give virechana 3 days after vamana. If vamana is not indicated for a particular individual, then give virechana.
- Basti - Basti may be useful for urticaria treatment ayurveda, along with that providing relief in the lower body. The oil used in this can be used for oral ingestion along with the application at target region before repositioning it manually.
- Raktamokshana – In urticaria treatment ayurveda, this method is to cause bleeding of impure blood by inflicting cuts at particular points of the body. It is a therapeutic cleaning process given by Ayurveda. It is one of the essential parts of Panchkarma healing treatments. Raktamokshana is the prime process of blood detoxification. It is derived from the two words, "Rakt", which means blood and "Mokshana", which means leave. Thus, Rakt mokshana means to let the blood out.
Home Remedies for Urticaria
- 10 ml of ginger juice along with 1 teaspoon of jaggery early in the morning daily helps in getting rid of recurrent urticaria.
- Take about 2gm of turmeric powder with jaggery twice a day for about 15 days.
- Crush a spinach leaf and mix about a quarter teaspoon of black pepper powder to it. Apply this paste over the hives for quick relief from itching.
- The application of mustard oil provides relief by reducing itching.
- A tried and tested home remedy is rubbing the affected area with house ash (chulhe ki rakh)
- Aloe vera gel can also be applied over the affected area to reduce inflammation.
Preventions and Lifestyle Changes for Urticaria
Certain causes that trigger the disease which can aggravate symptoms, so patients should try to identify and avoid them and modify their lifestyle changes.
This may include:
- Wear loose, light clothing.
- Avoid scratching or using harsh soaps.
- Soothe the affected area with a bath, fan, cool cloth, lotion or anti-itch cream.
- Keep a diary of when and where hives occur, what you were doing, what you were eating, and so on. This may help you and your doctor identify triggers.
- Avoid known triggers.
- Use honey rather than sugar.
- Avoiding certain medications.
- Apply sunscreen before going outside.
- Use soaps for sensitive skin.