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URTICARIA / HIVES are the sudden eruptions of itchy rashes with pain on the skin in the areas like eyes, throat, cheeks, lips, and hands. Urticaria is a very common skin disease. Urticaria symptoms vary widely. While some people have minor reactions to cold, others can have severe reactions. Urticaria patches are also called Hives. Urticaria affects about 15-20 % of the total population. This condition can interfere with the routine activities of the patient.

Common Causes

Urticaria occurs due to some allergen or some drug reaction (certain chemicals are touched/inhaled/consumed/injected), food, stress, or other irritants. It occurs when the body reacts to an allergen (antigen), Antigen-Antibody complex developed and releases histamine and other chemicals under the skin.


Urticaria can be classified into two:

  • Acute – sudden onset and lasts less than 6 weeks
  • Chronic – persists greater than 6 weeks
Acute Causes:
  • Food like Peanuts, insect bites food, and shellfish.
  • Medications, such as antibiotics like penicillin, sulfur, aspirin, ibuprofen
  • A non-allergic reaction such as infections or emotional/physical stimuli.
  • Some plant pollens, and pet dander.
  • Blood transfusion
Chronic causes
  • It occurs in very few cases and rashes for more than six weeks.
  • Autoimmune disorder.
  • Endocrine abnormalities.

Itching may be severe and having a defined border and a pale center typically urticaria comes and goes. Once allergic reactions happen they remain for several hours, then disappear and later reappear elsewhere. After the urticarial rashes disappear, the skin usually looks completely normal.

Signs and Symptoms

There are times when symptoms worsen, called flares, and times when symptoms improve, called remissions, in Urticaria.

  • Skin becomes like the bite of a Nettle sting.
  • Red, itchy skin
  • Inflamed skin
  • Raised red welts
  • Pricking Sensations
  • Twitching pain
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Burning sensations
  • Nausea (in severe conditions)

Ayurveda Treatment

Urticaria is known as Sheetapitta in Ayurveda. Sheetapitta is comprised of two words- ‘sheeta’ (cold) and ‘pitta’ (warm). The condition occurs due to the dominance of cold (existing in Kapha and Vata dosha) over pitta dosha.

When an individual indulges in food without following rules and regulation of daily regimen, having spicy and fast food eaten, which have very fewer nutritional values, Irregular diet habits, Delayed sleep, exposure to cold wind, and incompatible food habits leads to the production of food toxins (ama visha)These affect the digestive fire and vitiate vata and Kapha dosha. In turn, it’s mixed up with pita dosha, further, they spread all over the body and lodge beneath the skin, and produce reddish rashes with intense itching and pricking sensation.


In contemporary science for the treatment of urticaria, there are different antihistamines and steroids are used in clinical practices. Repeated intake of corticoids and anti-histamines will reduce the immunity of the body. Moreover, chronic urticaria does not always respond to conventional antihistamine drugs. But it can be effectively managed through the Ayurveda system of medicine. So here Ayurveda has a comprehensive solution for urticaria through purification therapies [shodhana] oral medications (shamana) and nidana parivarjana[avoidance of causative factor].

External Therapies:
  • Abhyanga (Oil massage)
  • Parisheka
  • Lepa
  • Purification Therapies
  • Vamana
  • Virechana[mild purgation]
  • Ksheervasti[Enema with medicated milk]

Ayurveda treatment involves an Outcome focused and efficient combination of panchakarma procedures and herbs, emphasizing Shaman aushadhi (oral medication) as well as, Shodhana (elimination therapy). Panchakarma procedures like Oleation(Snehana), fomentation(swedana), vamana , therapeutic purgation(virechana), and enema( Basti) are beneficial to re-establish the optimum functions of the integumentary system. With the use of personalized medicines, diet and lifestyle improvements, and specifically developed detox therapies to balance the doshas.

Ayurveda can effectively improve the quality of life. All these measures are executed in such a way as to meet the individual requirements of each person and their respective State of disease.

Preventive Measures

Along with the treatments, lifestyle modifications like Good Sleep, Physical activities, Activities to maintain a healthy peaceful mind, and Healthy food habits such as wholesome food at right time, in the right quantity, and right place when feeling hungry is often recommended.

Our Approach

AyurVAID has pioneered evidence-based, award-winning Precision Ayurveda-based protocols for Urticaria treatment. Following the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, our physicians perform an in-depth assessment of the key symptoms and health factors of each patient to diagnose the root causes around your diet, individual constitution, lifestyle, work pattern, and genetic predisposition.

Based on the assessment, we arrive at the optimal Ayurveda urticaria / hives [sheethapitta] protocol for breaking the etiopathogenesis(Samprapti Vighatan). This approach bridges the gap between the patient’s individualistic factors and the standard treatment protocols thereby making the therapy effective and safe.

Our whole person-centric approach will help you regain your happiest and healthiest state of life. Our rehabilitation specialists will also give you advice on ergonomics, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help you better manage urticaria / hives [sheethapitta].

Patient centricity is at the core of the AyurVAID approach, and we have been widely recognized for our breakthrough approach. Some of them include:

  • The first NABH accredited hospital in India, Quality Council of India.
  • Winner of prestigious National award for Best Ayurveda Centre of the year 2017 from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India

Industry best customer satisfaction score of 92%, rated by our patients

Key Outcome

When the condition is particularly chronic or severe, Ayurveda treatment for Urticaria can greatly reduce its debilitating effects and help prevent it from getting any worse.

If its severity is mild/moderate, Ayurveda Urticaria treatment helps to reverse the process, leading to a state of remission, and also providing preventive care. Ayurveda helps to rejuvenate the immune system and helps to lead a disease-free life.

After undertaking our Urticaria treatment you can expect –

  • Lesser or no dependence on corticoids, epinephrine, and anti-histamine.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • Day with no itching/ rashes.

FAQ on Urticaria Treatment

What distinguishes Psoriasis and urticaria rashes?
Urticaria and psoriasis are a skin condition that confuses each other. Both can result in itchy patches of red skin and both can spread to multiple areas of the body. However, each condition has its unique symptoms that will help you to distinguish between both diseases. URTICARIA / HIVES are sudden onsets of red itchy elevated swellings. Whereas in psoriasis there will be a gradual development of scaly lesions and may have a silvery coating.
Am I at risk of developing urticaria rashes?
Factors that may increase your risk includes- Allergies, Stress, anxiety Autoimmune disorder, Endocrine abnormality, Having a family history, Smoking.
Will I be able to stop Corticosteroids, epinephrine, and antihistamine using Ayurveda?
Corticosteroids, epinephrine, and anti-histamine drugs have side effects on your health. It will suppress the immunity of the body. Although there is no known cure in conventional medicine for urticaria many medications are commonly in use. Ayurveda provides to reduce your dependency on Immune suppressants but also gives a long-lasting cure in most cases. Ayurveda can assure overall Quality of Life improvement in chronic cases.
What are some of the first signs that someone is developing Urticaria?
Before the manifestation of symptoms are produced by the body are Thirst, Tasteless, Nausea, Fatigue, Red discoloration of the eyes.

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