Using tea tree oil for hives has proven beneficial for alleviating the symptoms associated with this annoying issue causing various levels of pain and discomfort such as itching. Natural essential oils such as tea tree essential oils possess natural anti-histaminic properties that can help alleviate itching from Urticaria. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial of tea tree oil are helpful for reducing swelling and to prevent infection on the affected area. If you’re big on natural remedies, and especially if you suffer from chronic hives, you should give tea tree essential oil a go! In this guide you’ll learn how to best use it for maximum potency, safety and efficacy.
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What are hives?
First thing first: what are hives exactly? Hives, also known as Urticaria, is a form of skin rash that is characterized by a series of raised itchy bumps on your skin. The bumps are usually red, but at times they manifest in a white color. They vary in size at times they could be as small as the usual pimple or stretch to huge raised patches on the skin. What usually starts as a small affected area quickly spreads all around to several areas on the body surface.
They can occur on any body part from the arms and legs to the ears, tongue, face, and lips. This condition is usually accompanied by a burning or stinging sensation which makes it painful and a great source of discomfort.
Usually, the bumps go away on their own, but since other new ones form, Hives can last for a day or a couple of days. In the case of chronic hives, which account for about 5 percent of hives cases, the condition can last for weeks at times going past six weeks.
Hives also known in medical circles as Urticaria occurs as the body’s reaction to an agent causing the release of histamine and other body chemicals which rise to beneath the skin surface. This causes the resulting swelling and the buildup of the fluid which give hives its characteristic appearance. Because a wide range of factors can trigger hives, anyone can get the condition. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) says about 20 % of people will experience an outbreak at one point in their lives. Common causes of the urticaria include;
Hives can result as a reaction to medication. While not everyone may experience a hives reaction upon taking the same medicine, there is a group of drugs which have been recorded to lead to this condition among several users. Such drugs include aspirin, ibuprofen, codeine, trichazole, penicillin, some vaccines, and antidiabetics.
Food is another common cause for hives as food allergies manifest themselves as a painful rash. As is the case of medication, not all of them affect everyone. However, some specific foods are more likely to result in an outbreak of hives in adults and children. For adults, shellfish and the different kinds of nuts are the main culprits while in children, eggs, soy, milk, wheat, and some citrus foods add to the list.
• Weather conditions, exercise, and stress
Hives can break out as a result of exposure to extreme weather, whether it is sunlight or cold temperatures. Prolonged exposure to such extremes can trigger urticaria. Physical exercise can also be a trigger to hives as the body reacts to the physical changes. Emotional stress is also another common agent as are other acts like bathing especially with the chemical soaps involved.
With so many varied causes of hives, being able to identify the condition much earlier helps in managing it and also arresting any further development. When unchecked, urticaria, especially in acute cases can easily lead to fatal medical complications including difficulty in breathing and cardiac conditions. The top symptoms to watch out for are;
• The appearance of welts either alone, in a group or stretching along a large area
• The emergence of red raised spots on the skin which could be itchy and have a burning sensation
• Skin swelling that goes away within one day only to reappear on another place
Benefits of tea tree oil for hives
Because of the likelihood of a hives outbreak or if you periodically experience the condition, knowing of an adequate remedy like tree oil for hives can be a great comfort. Tea tree oil is known academically as Melaleuca alternifolia, and it is an essential oil derived from the Australian Tea Tree by steaming. The oil contains antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds which make it a great natural solution for treating hives.
• It helps in the healing process by calming the effect of histamine which prevents further breakouts
• Its anti-inflammatory properties also ensure it relieves the swelling already there which makes the burning sensation to fade and eases the discomfort.
• The antibacterial properties help fight any germs in the area to prevent infection especially if the surface has been scratched.
• While it is advisable not to scratch at the bumps, it may be too irresistible at times. Thankfully, the tea tree oil helps the body create a protective barrier that soothes the skin and protects against bacteria even in the case of scratching.
How to use tea tree oil for hives
There are different ways to use tea tree oil for hives depending on the area, the severity of the condition and the intended purpose. Here are four easy ways you can use this essential oil.
1. Apply up to 3 drops of the essential oil on the area affected with hives directly and allow it to penetrate for a while. You can cover the patch with a cotton ball if necessary and repeat the process up to 5 times a day.
2. For surfaces that are slightly bigger, add from 15-20 drops of the oil in a cup of cool water depending on the size. Get a soft washcloth and dip in the mixture then hold it over the affected area for some time until the sensation cools. You can then repeat this as is necessary.
3. For more extensive sections of the body, the best way to do it is by adding from 20 to 30 drops of the essential oil into a warm bath or tub and soaking your body or the affected area for about 2 minutes and repeat the process as necessary.
4. Finally, to ease the itching sensation for the whole day, you can spray the air in your room with an air diffuser.
Precautions and potential side effects when using tea tree oil for hives
When applied topically, tea tree oil is safe but when orally it can cause severe complications and thus should not be swallowed. It can also be an irritant to the skin with some people, so it is essential to apply a small amount of it on an unaffected part of the skin and wait for a while to see if your skin reacts negatively.
Other benefits of tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is also useful for other skin conditions like acne, lice, dandruff, nails and toe fungus, athlete’s foot. It is thus an essential oil you would want in your house to use on its own or with other natural solutions.
Anyone looking for a reliable and effective solution for hives can benefit from the use of tea tree oil. Given how urticaria causes discomfort, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil make it suitable for treating hives.
In case of an acute outbreak, however, you should seek the attention of your physician urgently.
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