Hives: Addressing the Root Cause with a Holistic Approach
Hives, also known as urticaria, are a skin condition characterized by red, raised, and itchy welts that can appear anywhere on the body. While hives are typically harmless and short-lived, they can be uncomfortable and sometimes indicative of an underlying health issue. At Tulsi Wellness, we believe in treating the root cause of a condition, rather than simply addressing its symptoms. Hives are no exception, and a holistic approach can help address the underlying factors contributing to the development of hives.
Pathophysiology: Hives occur when the body releases histamine in response to an allergen or other trigger. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including exposure to environmental allergens, certain medications, or even stress. In some cases, hives may be indicative of an underlying autoimmune condition or other health issue.
Addressing any underlying food sensitivities or allergies is an important factor in reducing inflammation and preventing hives. Common trigger foods include dairy, gluten, soy, and eggs. At Tulsi Wellness, we recommend an elimination diet to identify potential trigger foods. This involves removing common allergens from the diet for a period of time, and then gradually reintroducing them one at a time to see if any symptoms reoccur.
There are several supplements that can be helpful in reducing inflammation and promoting healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon and sardines, are particularly beneficial for reducing inflammation. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables, can also help reduce histamine release in the body.
Reducing stress and getting enough sleep are also important factors in reducing inflammation and promoting healthy skin. Stress can trigger histamine release in the body, which can exacerbate hives symptoms. At Tulsi Wellness, we encourage patients to practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises. Getting enough restful sleep is also important for reducing inflammation and promoting overall health.
There are several labs that can be helpful in identifying the root cause of hives. A food sensitivity test can identify any potential trigger foods, while a comprehensive stool test can identify any gut imbalances that may be contributing to inflammation. In addition, a nutrient panel can identify any nutrient deficiencies that may be affecting skin health, while a thyroid panel can identify any thyroid imbalances that may be contributing to hives symptoms.
Treating hives requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the underlying factors contributing to inflammation and histamine release in the body. By identifying trigger foods, supplementing with key nutrients, and making lifestyle changes to reduce stress and promote healthy skin, it is possible to reduce inflammation and prevent hives from reoccurring. At Tulsi Wellness, we believe in a naturopathic approach to health that treats the whole person, and we are here to support you on your journey to optimal health.