CHRONIC NETTLE RASH Natural Care

Urticaria is defined as the appearance of small, round, red spots on the skin (wheals), caused by loss of plasma from small blood vessels in dermis connective tissue. We analyze below natural treatments for urticaria, its behaviors and official medical therapies.

We speak of chronic urticaria when duration of disorder is long (generally more than 6 weeks), or when it tends to recur several times over time. In cases of acute urticaria, then of a shorter duration, the cause is often linked to intake of some drug or food. In case of chronic form, it speaks of spontaneous urticaria, indicating that the cause remains unknown. The new term chronic spontaneous urticaria has replaced that of chronic idiopathic urticaria and chronic autoimmune urticaria.

Cause of chronic form, as already mentioned, is often difficult to identify (is unknown in 50% of cases). It's thought to be linked to an autoimmune reaction (incorrect reaction of immune system towards a structure of organism itself). Several IgE antibodies have been identified, leading to release of substances (histamine, leukotrienes, Interleukin 17, IL-23 and TNF-α) by mast cells. But natural treatments for chronic urticaria achieve the goal of normalizing metabolic mast cells alterations, which cause this pathology.

However, these antibodies only detectable in one third of chronic urticaria cases. Therefore, other factors are involved in onset of chronic urticaria. Mechanism by which urticaria begins, however, is always the same: activation of mast cells and, therefore, alteration of their metabolism. From this it can deduced that by restoring metabolism of mast cells, urticaria disorders also disappear.

About 30% of adults with urticaria are also affected by angioedema (the swelling deepens in dermis and spreads over larger areas, affecting lips or eyelids more frequently). Official medical therapy uses, in sequence, antihistamines, corticosteroids, antileukotrienics, immunosuppressants, biological drugs. All of these drugs have side effects of varying degrees in short term, but in long term these side effects can become serious.

Then, a natural cure for chronic urticaria, effective and without side effects, is possible, necessary and welcome with use of herbal products like Calendula Officinalis and Rhodiola rosea. They have anti-inflammatory, anti free radicals, normalizing microcirculation and soothing action. There are also other natural products, like flavoproteins and coenzymes (NAD and NADP), which contribute in a harmless way to restoration of mast cell metabolism.