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 ToolsforStressRelief.com you can find articles with specific meditations and breaths to help with racing thoughts and improve coping skills.