Stress Induced Hives Symptoms and Treatment

Stress Induced Hives

For most people with chronic hives, the exact cause isn’t known, and is often never discovered. As someone who has battled chronic urticaria for over 10 years, I know firsthand of the frustration that comes with the shrugs of doctor’s shoulders and the lack of hives treatment for adults that is available. Because the source of chronic hives is often idiopathic, treating them can be difficult, and is often limited to allergy medications and trigger avoidance. For some people, that trigger is stress.

Stress induced hives are often smaller than those caused by a substance or food reaction, and sometimes they last for shorter periods as well. These itchy hives can last an hour or a day or more. Unfortunately, the sight of red blotches all over the body can cause more stress because of the symptoms and appearance of the welts and bumps and that’s why it’s important that if you are experiencing stress induced hives that you try to mellow yourself out as quickly as possible.

Of course, de-stressing isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially considering the fact that for some people the best ways to relieve stress can cause more hives. That’s right; some of the best stress reducers can cause a worsening of symptoms for hives sufferers. For instance, a nice hot bath complete with candles and rose petals can cause more symptoms in people who have stress induced hives. Feel like exercising your stress away? Well, you could end up with more hives. A glass of wine to calm your nerves? That white zinfandel could make it worse.

There is no question that managing hives is difficult, and for people with stress induced hives, the endless cycle of hives creating stress and thus more hives can seem utterly maddening. The lack of treatments or natural remedies for hives is aggravating. But, there are some things that you can try. For stress relief without added consequence, try yoga or another calming activity that won’t raise your core body temperature. Soft music in a quiet room or reading a book might help. A walk in the park or meditation might help as well. Of course combining these methods with any treatments that your doctor or healthcare provider has supplied will be more likely to yield positive results, and you should always take any medication prescribed by your physician.