How to Get Rid of Hives after COVID-19
How to Get Rid of Hives After COVID-19
Evidence suggests that high levels of stress can contribute to temporary hives, rashes, and itchy skin – so it’s not surprising to hear about cases of people experiencing hives as we continue navigating the new normal of life during a pandemic. However, did you know that some COVID-19 patients experience prolonged skin issues following infection? Researchers have linked several skin complications including rashes, hives and a condition known as COVID toes to the virus.
For some recovering and recovered COVID-19 patients, Coronavirus causes rashes and swelling. For others, the toe pain, swelling and discoloration caused by COVID toes can last as long as six months. If you or someone you know is experiencing hives, we’re here to share some effective ways to get rid of hives after COVID-19.
What causes hives?
Often, the redness and itchiness of hives is triggered by food, medicine, or other irritants. Some lesser-known causes of hives include changes in temperature, pressure on your skin, or adrenalin from stress or exercising. In many cases, they appear quickly in response to the trigger and subside gradually.
Although they’re unpleasant to deal with, there are many hives treatment home remedies that you can uses to ease or eliminate them altogether.
Easy ways to get rid of hives
- Wrap ice cubes in a cloth and apply to the itchy skin several times a day.
- Avoid overheating, which can commonly cause a hives rash.
- Choose loose-fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics, like cotton.
- Hydrate your skin with a fragrance-free moisturizer several times a day.
- Use calamine lotion as a hives rash treatment.
- Look to calming activities like exercising, meditating or yoga to reduce stress.
- Try to identify and avoid potential triggers.
- Draw a bath and add an anti-itch solution to the water.
- Stay away from harsh soaps, perfumes, and colognes.
- Always use sunblock when going outside.
- Lower the temperature when you sleep.
- Whenever possible, work in a cool room.
- Avoid further irritation by resisting the urge to scratch your rashes.
- Try a natural treatment like aloe vera lotion.
- Take supplements like Vitamins B-12, C and D or fish oil
Unfortunately, it can take some trial and error to find the hives remedy that works best for you. Since cases differ from person to person, there is no universal best treatment for hives or cure for hives.
After trying these remedies, if you continue to experience hives following a COVID-19 diagnosis, or if your hives are severe, it may be time to consult with a dermatologist or allergist who can help with treating hives medically. During flare-ups, remember to take pictures of the hives for your consultation. Your dermatologist can prescribe you the best medicine for hives, or your allergist will help you find an appropriate allergy medicine for hives, if necessary. You may be prescribed a hives medication such as antihistamines or steroids, or an epinephrine injection in extreme cases of discomfort or breathlessness.
If you’re experiencing severe pain, trouble breathing or other emergency symptoms, the board-certified team at Avail Hospital can help 24/7/365. We’re fully equipped to treat and ready to care for you.