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Do you have itchy skin, red skin? Do you want to know why do I have hives all of the sudden? In this article we will look at this question. We will also discuss what could be going on with your immune system, what some of the possible triggers could be and more importantly what you can do about it.
If you want to know why you have hives suddenly, keep reading.
I want to help you understand why you might have hives all of the sudden. There are many reasons why people develop hives. In general it's going to be from the immune system. It is an increased activity in specific aspects of the immune system known as the mast cells. The number of mast cells and the activity of those mast cells are increased. Mast cells are a particular type of white blood cell that produce a lot of histamine. It is that histamine that creates the itching the redness burning and the stinging. Similar to if you get stung by a bee or or a mosquito. The body is reacting to the venom or the activity of that sting. The mast cells produce histamine that creates the itchiness and the burning there. The question is why are your cells doing this suddenly?
Why The Sudden Hives?
Typically there is some kind of trigger that create the hives. That trigger could be a medication that you recently tried. It could be something going on with your digestion like a a bug, a parasite, a virus, a food sensitivities or food allergies. Keep in mind that these things can develop over time. So you don't have to be doing something new for the food or medication to be a trigger. That is because it takes multiple exposures for the mast cell activity to increase to the point where you have hives. Anything that engages these immune cells can trigger the hives.
Mast cells protect the body from things the body sees as foreign substances or as potentially dangerous to your body. Finding the actual trigger can be tricky though because sometimes there are multiple triggers. Additionally, even if you remove the triggers the residual immune activity can stay in your body for days to weeks. Sometimes it's the overlap of these multiple allergenic exposures that creates the systemic kind of reaction and it shows up on your skin as a hive.
The problem really is that certain aspects of your white blood cell lines are becoming overly active. The environment they find themselves in, your body, is basically programming more of your white blood cells to turn into these mast cells. There are several types of mast cells but one way to look at this is the differentiation between different types of white blood cells called T cells. T cells differentiate into Th1 and Th2. There are several other types of T cells including T regulatory cells. These types of T cells regulate how much of the T cells turn into Th1 and Th2. With excess allergies and hives there is an increase in the amount of Th2 cells. When the environment inside your body is overly allergenic, you are going to get a shift and start making more of those mast cells. That will cause your body to produce more histamine. The histamine acts as a chemical signal to recruits more of those same histamine producing cells. If you don't have enough of these regulatory cells or T regulatory cells, you will get an over abundance of the mast cells. In a way it can become a feed-forward process. What can you do about this?
What To Do About Sudden Hives
While you are investigating or trying to narrow down what the actual triggers are you can also put some efforts to recalibrate how your immune system is responding. There are a few things you can do for this . Each case and situation is different but I will lay out a few ideas to help with the T regulatory cells. Vitamin D plays a strong role in helping the body produce enough of these T regulatory cells. If you don't have enough vitamin D you want to make sure you get enough. There is a wide reference range for vitamin D. Clearly if you are under 20 ng/ml you need more. If you are above 70 ng/ml you may be overdoing it. You really have to check with your doctor and see what they think the best level of vitamin D is for you. Here is an option for Vitamin D supplement.
Another thing you can take that is very safe and also helps with this T regulatory function and calibration of the immune system is Astragalus. Astragalus is an herb and typically you want to use the root or the bark. Often times it comes in an alcohol extract. However, because alcohol has a lot of histamine in it, you probably don't want to use that. Instead it is better to try and get an extract of the powder, a powdered extract of the Astragalus. Something like this Astragalus root is good. So those are two things you can do if you gat hives suddenly or stuck in a chronic loop of hives.
That should give you a better understanding of why you have hives all of the sudden. If you have questions about the content in this article, please ask it in the comment section below.
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