Food additives may cause hives
Question : I have been suffering from a skin allergy
for the past eight months. It started like
mosquito bites and then grew into huge red
swollen patches that are itchy and warm to
Answer : You may be suffering from hives or urticaria.
Hives is an allergic reaction that coincides
with a release of histamine in the body. Hives
are a series of raised red skin welts, ranging
upwards from 5mm in diameter. They itch
severely, or may even burn or sting. Some
common allergic triggers are certain foods,
medications as well as insect stings and bites.
Common food that cause hives are nuts,
seafood, tomatoes, eggs and milk. Fresh food
additives and preservatives may also cause
hives. Opt for a diet free of additives, caffeine
and processed food.
Essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6)
may help relieve the signs and co-existing
symptoms of hives.
Take milk thistle and dandelion as it
cleanses the liver of dangerous toxins that
may trigger an allergy.
Avoid harsh soaps, frequent bathing and
vigorous wiping after a bath to reduce the
problem of dry skin.
Drink plenty of water.