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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Hives

DESCRIPTION

Hives (urticaria) is a Rash consisting of blotches or localised swellings (wheals) of the Skin, caused by an allergic reaction. Usually extremely itchy, they may occur in a small area or cover virtually the entire body.

The allergic reaction (produced by the dilation of capillaries in the Skin brought on by vasoactive mediators, like histamine) is commonly to a food or a drug, although injections of insect bites, pollen, serum and certain physical factors (cold, intense light, Stress and heat) may also be causative.

Usually crops of hives come and go, remaining at one site for several hours and then reappearing at another. Commonly, an acute attack subsides spontaneously in a week or two. However, chronic cases of hives may last for long periods of time. Because no cure exists for hives, treatment focuses primarily on suppressing the symptoms. Identifying and avoiding the allergen is most important, while antihistamines and/or corticosteroids (for more severe cases) are considered helpful in relieving the Itching and reducing the swelling of this condition.

HERBS

Aloe Vera (3)
Ginger

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:

Evening Primrose Oil (2)
Magnesium
Niacin
Vitamin A
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C (1)
Vitamin E

REFERENCES

1. Nicol M: Vitamins and Immunity, Allerg Immunol, 25(2), Feb 1993, p 70-73.
2. Harvey RG: Effects of varying proportions of Evening Primrose Oil and Fish Oil on cats with crusting dermatosis, Vet Rec, 133(9), Aug 1993, p 208-211.
3. Davis RH, et al: Anti-inflammatory and Wound healing activity of a growth substance in Aloe Vera, Journal of the American Podiatry Medical Association, 84(2), Feb 1994, p 77-81.