Urticaria is an allergic skin disorder. In a common language, urticaria is also called as nettle-rash or hives which means itching with rash. Medically, urticaria may be defined as skin eruption which is allergic in origin and is characterized by profound itching, red circular or irregularly shaped eruption on any part of the body which remains for a variable period, having a tendency to disappear and reappear. It tends to disappear without leaving behind any trace.
Agents responsible for acute urticaria include many foods, such as fish, shellfish, nuts, and berries. A wide variety of drugs may cause it. Insect bites may also be responsible. Chronic urticaria is often attributable to materials such as wool, metal, furs, or silk; to focal infections of the teeth, tonsils, or sinuses; to infestations of scabies, lice, bedbugs, and worms; or to allergic reactions to light or extremes of temperature. In many chronic cases emotional stress may be involved.
Conventional medicine treats this condition with antihistamines and steroids. Though this helps in acute episode, it does not help much in long standing chronic case.
Chronic urticaria can be well treated with homeopathy. It does not offer only symptomatic treatment but it also prevents recurrent episodes and lessens the intensity of the episodes.