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Causes and Symptoms: Nettle rash or urticaria is a disorder of the skin in which rash appears over the whole body. The rash resembles the sting of a nettle; hence the name nettle rash. Raised red and white patches appear on the skin and there is great irritation and itch which is aggravated if the patient indulges himself in the pleasure of scratching the weals that appear on the whole body. Allergy is supposed to be the causative factor in urticaria, but in fact sudden exposure to cold strikes persons predisposed to the disorder. In many cases the attack appears to be connected with digestive disorders or taking of certain articles of diet such as particular types of fish or flesh of certain animals. It is on the whole, considered to be an allergic reaction like hay fever and asthma.

In severe cases there may be considerable feverishness and constitutional disturbances, together with faintness, which either precedes or accompanies the appearance of the eruption. The areas of the body affected by the eruption are mostly the face and the trunk. If the rash also attacks the throat, there is danger of blockage of the larynx.

Remedies: If the attack is accompanied by digestive disorders they must be attended to first. One tola of salt should be dissolved in water and taken: the throat should be tickled to induce vomiting. Equal weights of Alum and Red Ochre (Geru) should be ground together and the powder rubbed on the weals. In case, there is sever itching on the eruption, three tolas of Rose Water and two tolas of Vinegar should be mixed and the mixture applied locally to get immediate relief. Alternatively, one masha of the powder of root of Sarpgandha should be taken with water to relieve the itch. Or, seven mashas of Mint (Podina) and two tolas of Brown Sugar should be boiled together in water and drunk.

Another home remedy to prevent repeated attacks of urticaria is to grind six mashas each of Jalneem (Lycopus Europaeus) and mix them with one tola of Beeswax. The mixture should be made into pills of the size of Bengal gram and two pills should be taken with lukewarm water.

The patient must avoid exposure to cold and cold water. His diet must consist of easily digestible foods. No sour substances should be taken and meat and fish should be avoided. The amount of turmeric in the dishes taken by the patient should be increased. Or, he may take two teaspoonfuls of turmeric ground in water at regular intervals. The body may be exposed to the sun and rubbed with a piece of copper.


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