Stress Rash:Stress Induced Hives Rashes

Stress Rash

Itchy Stress Rash

When one is under a lot of inner agitation and worry, a stress rash can develop. Stress can also aggravate an existing rash caused by allergies, bacteria, viruses or insects. We often note that many digestive issues can be stress-related. For instance before giving a presentation someone can develop loose bowels. Many kids at camp that are anxious have constipation. Similarly, the skin has eruptions when one’s emotions are overwhelming for some people.

A stress rash can manifest as hives, welts, pimple-like eruptions or even cold sores. We know that hives and cold sores are often attributed to stress and being run down. If you aren’t getting enough sleep your immune system is low and an itchy rash can occur. Of course, it’s also important not to jump to conclusions that your rash is due to stress since you may be having a reaction to a detergent, have a viral rash or an underlying disease. One is stressed anyway when one notices a rash so it’s important to also see if there is a cause due to allergic contact dermatitis, viruses, bacteria (ie impetigo), medication reactions, infections, insects (ie scabies) or poison ivy.

Hives due to stress still need to be treated as they are quite itchy. Our body temperature rises when we are angry or stressed and this can affect our skin. During the summer,increasing the body temperature can increase perspiration. Having an itchy rash can lead to scratching and this will lead to bacterial infections for some such as impetigo. Kids especially can’t resist scratching an itch.

What can be used in addition to antihistamines to help stress rashes. Meditation, slow breathing and yoga stretching are all helpful to create the relaxation response in the body and change one’s outlook on things. Even rashes that have a true root due to bacteria or virus are often less itchy when someone practices relaxation techniques and slower breathing patterns. Hypnosis and psychotherapy are useful and many people note that in successful psychotherapy symptoms such as headaches, stomach problems and skin issues resolve.

One nice breathing technique is to inhale for ten seconds, hold your breath in for ten seconds, exhale for ten seconds and hold exhalation out for ten seconds. Repeat this for five to ten minutes and see how this supsended breathing affects your state of mind and stress levels. You can find more of these breathing techniques, along with simple stretches and five minute meditations to reduce stress in these five psychotherapy case studies I wrote up and have priced at ninety nine cents in Anxiety Relief  at Amazon. The key is to have a way throughout the day to apply techniques so the stress doesn’t build up.

Doing shoulder shrugs a few times a day releases tension. You lift them as you inhale and drop them when you exhale. Do this for about 2 minutes and then alternate each, inhaling and exhaling one at a time. After that roll them forward for 30 seconds and then backwards for 30 seconds. At you can find articles with specific meditations and breaths to help with racing thoughts and improve coping skills.

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4 Responses to “Stress Rash:Stress Induced Hives Rashes”

  1. My sister has a rash from nervousness sometimes. Sometimes she gets an itchy rash from sun exposure. Can eczema be one of the rashes caused by stress? My cousin get that but my aunt says it’s an allergic skin rash.

  2. my name is carmen, i’m 16 & i grew up with eczema. its just really dry skin, that flakes & causes itchyness. i grew out of it, like most people do. theres a medicine for it that heals it like a miracle called Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment USP. its prescription only. i used to get it all the time, but i know its not caused by stress. what does a 6 year old have to be stressed about? i outgrew it when i was about 14-15. i still get random outbreaks, but its only if i forget to put lotion on everyday. her rash is called a sunspot.

  3. Hey my name is Vanessa I’m 25 years old. I use to get a stress rash all the time even when I was in grade school. My mom use to take me to the docter b/c NOTHING would even help a tiny bit. It was horrible I’d break out in between my fingers and on my knees. My family docter never knew what it was and the creams that he gave me never helped at all. Well I evently stoped getting it the older I got. Then I got it again after high school when my Grandmother died, and it was very bad. I ended up going and seeing a skin dr. and she knew right away what it was. She told me it was a stress rash and basically why none of the anit itch stuff helped was b/c it was my nerve endings “freaking out” causing me to break out. Now for the life of me I can not remember the med. that she gave to me it was presc. and came in a little container like hair moose and came out as a foam sort of like hair moose but it melted on your skin. It is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for me! Wish I could remember the name, sorry. But I’d like to note that when I break out its little tiny bumps the color of my skin it dose not look like a hive. However I’d rather have my whole arm covered in posion ivy than to even have one little stress bump. I suggest going to the dr and if the family dr cant help then go see a skin dr. Best of luck!

  4. I have found that doing alternate nostril breathing from yoga good for nervousness at work an also it seems to make the itching feelings on my arms less when I get the eczema in my inner elbows.

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