Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria: Caring for Your Skin During Remission
Eileen Bailey | March 7, 2016 Nov 12, 2016
Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is defined as daily or regular hives over an extended period of time. Most of the time, hives are caused by an allergic reaction, however, with CIU, there is no known cause for the continuous hives. Despite not knowing the exact cause for CIU, there are things you can do during remission to minimize the chances of having a flare-up of symptoms.
Keep a treatment diary
Write down any medications you take, food or drink you consume, daily activities and pictures of your hives if they appear. This can help you and your doctor determine if there are triggers you should avoid.
Stay clear of anti-inflammatories
It is recommended that anyone with CU avoid aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Before taking any medications, including over-the-counter medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist if they contain NSAIDs.
Take care of your emotional health
Lack of sleep and stress might aggravate CIU. Be sure to take care of your overall emotional health by getting enough rest and practicing relaxation techniques on a regular basis.
Avoid drinking excessive alcoholic beverages
While alcoholic beverages are not considered a cause of CIU, excessive drinking can aggravate your body and cause an outbreak of hives.
Wear loose-fitting, light clothing
Tight clothes can aggravate your skin, which could cause a flare of your hives. Cotton and lightweight clothes that don’t bind are best.
Discuss vitamin D supplements with your doctor. A small study, published in 2014 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed that vitamin D supplements might reduce symptoms of chronic hives.
Keep your skin moisturized
Dry skin might not cause your hives, but if hives do develop, you might be more inclined to scratch, causing symptoms to worsen. Apply moisturizer on a daily basis.
Know your triggers
CIU is known for developing for no apparent reason and flares may occur without an triggers. However, paying attention to triggers such as extreme temperatures, high levels of stress or fatigue can help you avoid these situations and help avoid flares.
Continue to work with your doctor
During times of remission, you might be tempted to skip the doctor’s visits. It’s important, though, to continue working with your doctor to make sure any flares are treated promptly.