Do you suffer from hives?
I know exactly what you are going through.
Up until August 5, 2012 I went 8,835 days without hives (my entire life). Since August 5 I have seen hives come and go.
My first experience was beyond horrific as you can witness from the photo above. I know the feeling; the constant itch that literally feels like millions of mosquito bites.
Sunday evening: what the hell is that?!
I felt an unusual itch on my back on Sunday evening. I turned around while standing in front of my bathroom mirror to take a look. What a scary site! I had huge lumps on my back and was not sure what it was. For some reason “hives” came to mind even though I wasn’t exactly sure what hives were. At that point, I remembered that same day my hands and feet were unusually itchy, yet I never thought much about it (this is very key).
I decided to do some research that evening. I had LOTS of questions:
- What are hives?
- Is that what I have? Hives?
- What causes hives?
- How do I force the hives to go away?
- How do I prevent hives from coming back?
- Are hives an allergic reaction?
- Did the hives come out of nowhere or was it a result of something I did?
- Should I go to the emergency room?
- Can I die from this?
That evening was not terrible. The hives had just really begun. It turns out that the itching on my hands and feet during the day was hives too. My back just began to itch that evening so I decided to rub on some Made On Lotion Bee Silk. This stuff is made out of 3 ingredients in the following order: beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter.
Monday morning: I’m so flipping itchy!!
It turns out that rubbing the Bee Silk lotion on my back only made my condition worse. I woke up Monday morning with massive lumps on my back. Not just my back though. I had lumps spreading all over my upper body. Why? What did I do? I rubbed Bee Silk all over my upper body.
Important note for hive sufferers: When you apply pressure to hives this spreads them. If you want, you are able to literally write your name on your arm if you have an extensive amount of histamine in your body (we will get back to histamine later). So, if you don’t want to manually spread your hives, then you absolutely must do your best to ignore them.
So at this point my entire upper body is covered in hives. I decide to take it easy and do hours of more research about hives. I listen to podcasts while walking around in our backyard with the sun shining down on me.
Why did I think the sun may help my hives? Because sitting in the intense sun for a couple hours that weekend completely healed my bee sting. I learned this did nothing for my hives. The sun did not improve my hives but instead kept me sane. When you are itching like crazy don’t stay indoors.
I discovered a foolproof treatment: Apple cider vinegar
The day went on and in the early afternoon I decided to fill 2 giant zip loc bags with ice. I laid on my stomach and placed the bags of ice on my back. This trick seemed to begin the decline of my hives.
Seemed is a keyword because it was hard to tell. The itching was definitely not as present but came back a short while after I removed the ice.
While researching home remedies for hives, the most common was a cool oatmeal bath. I mentioned this to my father who immediately tossed the idea into the trash because he did not want the drain clogged. Fair enough.
My amazing father then mentioned vinegar. I immediately thought: Apple cider vinegar!
Apple cider vinegar is what did it. I’m 100% certain that apple cider vinegar removed hives from my skin. I’m more certain about this fact than any other fact I’ve ever discovered. You’ll learn exactly why in a blog post next week.
For now, add some apple cider vinegar (ACV) to a paper towel and rub that over your hives. Feel the small itch/burn for a few moments. Look at your hives 20 minutes later. Do you see an improvement? Most likely you will. Wait a full hour before determining if ACV works for you. For me, my hives completely vanish every single time. It has yet to fail in the past 3 weeks.
Scroll up and look at my picture again. Apple cider vinegar removed all those hives from my body. Seriously!
I took no medication. I’m kind of against almost all medications. The only exceptions are if death is a possibility. You’ll learn a lot more about my thoughts on medication soon.
Join the discussion below and ask me for help
I want to know your experience with hives. If you are suffering from hives right now then say so. I know exactly what you are going through and I want to help you. I have no idea if apple cider vinegar will work on everyone but if it literally works 100% of the time on me then why not? It’s a strong possibility that is worth finding out.
I won’t tell you to get off any medication that you may be taking, but I am not afraid to recommend that you rub some apple cider vinegar on your hives. Take baby steps. If you have hives on your arms then start there and see what happens. You’ll find out within an hour if it works for you or not.
Also understand that in order to prevent hives from forming you need to remove histamine from your system. I’ll discuss this in another post. If you want help then feel free to email me. I want your suffering to end. You may want to check out this page with a list of histamine rich foods/substances right now.
What caused my hives? I’m not 100% certain but I have a grand idea. You’ll learn more about this in a post in September. Stay tuned!
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