Can Stress Cause Hives?
Can stress cause hives is a common question. Like termites undermining the structure of your house, stress affects the mind and body and the results show up on your skin.
Both physical and emotional stress can take enormous tolls on our bodies, leaving us either physically, emotionally or mentally ill at times.
Stress is synonymous with modern-day living and is experienced daily in our work, relationships, and even the daily commute!
Most of us take this daily chronic stress for granted!
But stress affects the mind and body and the all-too-obvious results show up on our skin.
The skin is the largest organ in the body is affected by stress. While the stress response changes the internal chemistry of the blood with the release of cortisol and adrenaline, there are a number of things that occur on the surface of the body.
So the short answer to "can stress cause hives?" is yes.
Here we describe the different types of hives and how stress can cause hives.
Types of hives
There are a couple different major types of hives that you should be aware of if you think you have this condition.
The first type, ordinary hives, which is also known as dermographism, results from scratched or stroked skin.
This often happens because of skin irritations, such as specific materials from clothing or friction from the clothing. Ordinary hives can also result from scratching your skin.
When they appear on the skin, ordinary hives typically appear in straight lines and last anywhere from a few hours to days to several weeks.
Cholinergic Urticaria is a type of hives that can develop after a variety of situations.
For example, they may appear after exercising or when you overheat in a warm atmosphere.
This is also the type of hives that can result from emotional stress.
These hives usually look pretty small, anywhere between two and three millimeters in diameter. They also typically develop on the upper part of the body and last anywhere from a few minutes to a couple hours.
Rarer types of hives
There are also rarer forms of hives, such as Aquagenic Urticaria, which is caused by contact with water. Two other types of hives include Vibratory Angiodema and Solar Urticara, which are caused by physical vibrations and exposure to the sun, respectively.
Treatment of hives
When you go to the doctor for the treatment of hives, there are a couple different types of medications that he might prescribe for you.
The first type is oral antihistamines, which block the release of histamine responsible for producing hives in the first place. These prescriptions might include Claritin, Allegra or Zyrtec.
The other type of drug treatment for hives includes H2 antagonists, oral corticosteroids or even antidepressants like doxepin.
All these types of medications relieve the symptoms of hives as well, such as itching, swelling and redness.
Prevention of hives
Perhaps the best thing to do would be to prevent the development of hives in the first place.
Known triggers, including certain foods, alcohol and especially emotional stress, can all be prevented.
If you experience chronic stress, such as stress from work responsibilities or home life, you need to re-evaluate your response to the stress, also known as your warning signs of stress, and incorporate habits to effectively manage it.
For example, you can practice meditation, yoga, participate in exercise, keep regular sleep patterns and eat a well-balanced diet, all of which can help you reduce your stress symptoms and combat stress.
Though for some people even the least amount of emotional stress might trigger hives, taking steps to try to prevent them may benefit you over the long haul.
Often a first step to preventing stress is to know your warning signs of stress and the causes of stress for you.
Then putting into place an effective stress management plan that tackles stress and reduces hives.
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