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April 9, 2019

Hives/ Urticaria

Hives/ Urticaria

Conventional Treatment of Chronic Autoimmune Urticaria can suppress underlying Thyroid Disease.

Hives (aka Urticaria) is a skin condition with symptoms of itchy skin with raised red bumps appearing in wheals of blotches which when pressed turn white.

Chronic Autoimmune Urticaria (CAU)

When skin manifestations appear for longer than 6 weeks CAU is diagnosed. Diagnosis is either through a thorough case history and/or blood tests showing inflammatory markers, along with a skin test checking for elevated histamine antibodies.

Possible suppression of thyroid disease?

CAU has long been thought to be associated with autoimmune thyroid disease.

Typically, the treatment for CAU is antihistamines and corticosteroid creams. This might clear the skin lesions but leave the underlying condition of raised thyroid antibodies and lowered thyroid hormones undetected. It is therefore important to monitor any other symptoms that are common with thyroid imbalances. Such as fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, hair thinning and mood. Otherwise, the skin condition of CAU could be masking a thyroid disorder.

Elevated histamine levels & chronic inflammation

Urticaria appears when the immune system releases mast cells in response to either an allergy, injury, bacteria or parasite. In turn the mast cells release histamine. This dilates blood vessels to allow more blood to reach the site of infection or injury to create healing. Though, when the immune system is constantly inflamed, this creates a cascade of elevated levels of histamine, which can trigger CAU and Thyroiditis. The healing process therefore stops, and chronic inflammation occurs.

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Remove the triggers

The key to lowering chronic inflammation is to remove triggers that are provoking the immune system to attack. Triggers include food allergies, bacteria, parasites, yeast, mould and environmental allergies such as house mites/pollen/grass.

Foods to help lower inflammation are: Watercress, Red Onions, Garlic, Fresh Basil, Fresh Thyme, Chamomile/Nettle Tea/Peppermint Tea, Ginger Root, Turmeric

Foods to eliminate are: Wine, Cheese, Processed and Cured Meats, Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Yoghurt, Kefir, Citrus Fruits and Leftover foods

Health Optimising Support. If you have symptoms of CAU and a family history of autoimmune disease, then we suggest an Optimal Health Assessment to give you a full picture of underlying causations. Find out more.