✹ About Sunday 8 February 1662/63 Louise Hudson on 9 Feb 2016 • Link Hives, also known as urticaria. More likely than lice. An old remedy was to place stinging nettles on the inflamed areas. Today a doctor would give a shot of anti-histimine. Calamine lotion would have helped, too. How awful to live in the days before modern medicine. Did Sam say what he'd been eating? Shellfish is often the culprit. Other foods, too.