Hives can be caused by many things but hives from stress may be one of the most frustrating forms of hives to experience. When you’re already under a lot of stress, hives is the last thing you need. Swollen, blotchy skin and incessant itching will only add to your level of stress. And while you can avoid many causes of hives, like foods that trigger allergic reactions, it’s nearly impossible to avoid all sources of stress in our lives. We’ll tell you why stress sometimes causes hives, how to know if your hives are caused by stress, and what you can do about it.
When you’re under stress, your body produces excessive amounts of cortisol and other hormones that can cause your skin to break out in hives. In addition, prolonged stress can affect your immune system, making you more susceptible to skin problems of all kinds, including hives. Some people are more likely than others to develop hives related to stress but it can happen to anyone.
Hives stress causes look much like hives caused by anything else. They appear as raised red spots and may appear anywhere on the body. They are usually very itchy. If you scratch them a lot, you may break the skin and cause bleeding or scabs.
There may be just a few hives or there may be many. They may only last an hour or two or they may last many hours. They may disappear only to come back again soon.
It can be difficult to determine whether hives are caused by stress or something else, like an allergic reaction to food or something in the environment like mold, pollen or pet dander. To determine if your hives are caused by stress, consider other possible causes and see if you can rule them out. Have you used any new soaps or laundry detergents? Are you taking any new medications? Are you having any symptoms of illness, like a fever? Have you ever had hives before, and if so, do you know what caused them then? Visit our page on the cause of hives for more information. Also consider whether you’ve been experiencing increased stress lately. If you need help figuring out the cause of your hives, see your doctor.
To get rid of stress-related hives for good, you’ll need to reduce your stress or find better ways to cope with stress in your life. An article in Psychology Today discusses a number of ways to reduce stress and stress-related hormones such as cortisol, including physical exercise, meditation, having close friends, having fun and laughing, and listening to music. If you’re experiencing a lot of stress and having trouble coping, you might also benefit from talking with a professional counselor. Sometimes just talking about things helps to reduce stress but a good counselor can also teach you stress reduction techniques, such as meditation techniques and relaxation exercises.
While you’re working on reducing your stress, though, you probably want to stop the itching and discomfort of hives as quickly as possible. For that, we recommend a remedy called OxyHives. It’s safe and effective and it works quickly to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. We prefer it to over-the-counter medications sometimes used to treat hives, like Benadryl, because those medications often cause side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, an upset stomach, poor physical coordination, blurred vision and hand tremors. Those are things you don’t need to deal with on top of stress. OxyHives is made from all natural homeopathic remedies, though, so it should not cause those kinds of side effects. To learn more, just follow the links.