Do you suffer with urticaria (hives)?
I suffered with chronic idiopathic urticaria and angioedema for almost 25 years in total, my condition first appeared at the age of 16 and grew progressively worse with age, perhaps you know the feeling.
Perhaps like me you have spent hours and hours with your doctor or skin specialist trying this drug and that drug and ultimately ending up right where you started, in my experience the drugs and creams had little effect on my condition, and as I look back I’m sure they actually made the frequency of my urticaria and angioedema attacks worse.
For more years than I care to remember I had know idea why I suffered with urticaria (hives), I took everything my doctor told me as fact, however as my condition worsened I started looking around for my own answers.
Although I came across lots of opinions in relation to the cause of chronic urticaria the one that hit me the most was the fact that many forms of urticaria are considered to be an autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune disorders account for lots of conditions the most well known being rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, surprising perhaps to think of something you thought of as just an allergy could be something far more serious.
Autoimmune disorders occur for a number of reasons, the likes of which I won’t go into here, however I have discovered that most conditions can be controlled using various natural methods one of which is the avoidance of certain foods.
I’m sure many medical professionals would disagree with some of my findings but in my experience these natural approaches have made a much greater impact on my urticaria condition than any of the drugs had ever done, and lets face it surely it’s better to exhaust a natural approach before filling your body full of chemicals?.
So if your having difficulty in controlling your urticaria (hives) here’s a list of some of the foods which you should probably try to avoid:
- Processed foods which might contain barley or rye
- Wheat starch
- Wheat germ
- Hydrolysed wheat protein
- phosphated flour
- white flour
- Chips/potato crisps and seasoned tortilla chips
Although this is just a small list of some of the foods those of us suffering with autoimmune disorders should try to avoid, in our case urticaria I hope it will get you started. I guess what I’m trying to say is the answer to your chronic idiopathic urticaria doesn’t have to stop at the daily antihistamine, the course of steroids or even the occasional jab of cortisone
Kate Andrews is the author of ‘Natural Urticaria Relief’ which is designed to help chronic sufferers of urticaria relive their condition naturally, & permanently.
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