You probably don’t associate hives or a rash with the stress in your life. Most people don’t. But stress related hives are real and can drive you crazy.
I’m betting that if you have been to your doctor because of your rash or hives. And, if your doctor asked you about your stress levels, you probably thought that she wasn’t listening to you.
But the truth is that your emotions can have a huge effect on your skin and the rest of your body. Perhaps you have noticed that you get a rash or your skin breaks out, before an important meeting, before a job interview or when you will have to speak in front of a group.
If so, your rash is not a coincidence! When you are feeling stressed, your body produces a number of hormones, including cortisol. These hormones cause the sebaceous glands in your skin to produce more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other problems, including hives, and it is also less likely to heal.
There is a mind-skin connection!
How Does Stress Affect Your Skin?
Quite a few nerve endings are connected to the skin, which is actually your largest body organ. Inside your body, your skin wraps around your other organs. As you become stressed and emotional, your skin is actually affected because of all the nerve endings.
When you are worried about an upcoming exam or an important meeting, you can be nauseous or have an upset stomach. Believe it or not, when you are upset, your skin becomes “upset” as well.
And when your immune system is weakened by chronic stress, you are much more likely to have a reaction to irritants and allergens–giving you itchy, red, or pale swellings, known as hives or a stress rash, on your skin.
Experts believe that there is a very strong link between emotional upsets or traumatic experiences and skin ailments. When you don’t deal with your emotional issues, they can be released through the skin.
In fact, there is a new branch of medicine that deals with skin illnesses and stress. It is called psychodermatology, and it deals with acne, eczema, hives, rosacea, psoriasis, alopecia (hair loss), vitiligo (de-pigmented white spots on the skin), trichotillomania (hair pulling) and self-mutilation disorders. These disorders can all be triggered by stressful life events or chronic stress.
Itchy Skin Rash Leads to More Stress
If you have stress related hives, you probably already know that, sweating can make your rash worse. When you are nervous, you tend to sweat excessively. The combination of your nerves and your sweat intensifies the itch of your skin rash.
And the increased itchiness makes you feel even more anxious, nervous, irritable and stressed! You want to scratch the itch. You may do it. And scratching makes your hives even itchier!
Unfortunately, you have a very difficult time relaxing and staying calm, once the vicious cycle gets started. So your stress rash will not go away easily!
If your rash or hives are caused by stress, there is only one permanent solution to your problem. You need to reduce the stress and tension in your life! Chronic stress can take its toll!
You need to lower your stress levels and get yourself into a relaxed state. When you become more relaxed, chemical changes in your body will occur, and they will strengthen your immune system and allow your skin to heal.
Stress hives will actually disappear when you relax! If you use a good hypnosis program, you can get rid of stress related hives. Hypnosis promotes relaxation, and you can program your thoughts to be more relaxed and in control, when you are under stress.
Physical Stress Can Cause Stress Related Hives
Stress induced hives or a stress rash are characterized by redness or pale swellings of the skin which vary in shape and size. While chronic stress is often the cause, you can also get hives because of physical stressors.
When you have a weak immune system, your body is more sensitive to allergens and chemicals. You might develop hives after:
- taking a particular medicine
- eating a food or food additive
- getting an insect bite or sting
- developing an infection, like strep throat
- or even because of hot or cold temperature changes
As everyone handles stressors differently, you can develop a rash because of emotional or physical stress. Your body’s natural reaction to stress may cause stress related hives or a stress rash.