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What Are Stress Hives?
Stress hives are also known as a stress rash or as stress bumps. They develop due to chronic stress or tension, and appear as red raised areas and swollen areas on the skin that seem to suddenly appear. Stress hives cause itching most of the time, and some people report having a burning or stinging sensation wherever they appear. Stress induced hives will go away by themselves when you have successfully released ALL the stress from your body or taken an appropriate stress hives treatment that will eliminate your symptoms.
Can Stress Cause Hives?
Stress hives are indeed caused by too much stress, tension or anxiety in your life. When you expose your body to excessive stress, whether it be over a short period of time or a long period of time, your body's immune system starts to falter. When your immune system is off kilter, it starts sending histamine into the body to fight off what is ailing you - stress. In essence, your body forms an allergic reaction to stress. Unfortunately, stress can not be eliminated with histamine, so instead, the histamine just causes hives to appear on your face, neck, chest and other parts of your body.
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Another possible explanation for your stress hives is that due to your weakened immune system, your skin is reacting to irritants that it never had problems with before: cold, heat, soaps, shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, certain fabrics, sunlight, etc. In fact, there are even doctors that specialize in stress hives, known as psychodermatologists. These specialists work with skin illnesses and stress, and strongly feel that emotions that have not been properly dealt with can induce a rash in patients and that these deep seated emotions are the major cause of chronic hives.
What Are The Symptoms of Stress Hives?
Stress hives symptoms include red bumps and swollen areas on your skin that seem to appear almost out of nowhere. They are typically quite itchy and have been known to cause a prickly or burning sensation - especially if touched. Stress hives can appear on any part of your body (face, hands, feet, arms, etc.) and can vary in size from as small as the eraser on a pencil to as large as a dinner plate. Stress hives, like a typical hives rash, have been known to spread from place to place, and smaller areas of hives can blend together to create larger areas known as plaques. These stress hives symptoms can easily be treated with the right over the counter medication.
Are Stress Hives Dangerous?
If your stress hives are accompanied by swelling of any part of the throat or face (see hives on face) that results in restricted breathing, seek treatment immediately from your nearest emergency room. Stress is bad enough, dying from not being able to get air into your lungs is a horrible way to go.
How Do I Get Rid Of My Stress Hives?
The #1 best proven method of eliminating stress hives from your life forever is to remove ALL stress and tension from your life. Aside from that, the only other way is to take an OTC medication like OxyHives that has proven to get rid of hives within 1-2 hours. OxyHives has been around for over 10 years now and is effective without any of the harmful side effects other hives medications have. OxyHives recently received approval to sell their hives treatment over the counter and thus no longer requires a prescription. Please see our hives treatment page for more information.
In addition, it is best to avoid tight fitting clothing over the areas affected by the stress hives, and to avoid hot or cold baths and showers as this can cause further skin irritations and cause hives from stress to spread. Please see our how to get rid of hives page for tips on how to alleviate your symptoms until your order of OxyHives arrives.
Stress Rash Pictures
The following pictures are from other people that got a rash from stress. While a stress rash is very common, it is not an incurable condition. If none of these pictures look like your stress related rash, please keep in mind that everyone's rash will look differently depending on various other factors.