Can stress cause hives?

Can stress cause hives?

Can stress cause hives?

Yes, stress can definitely cause hives.

Do you, a friend or a loved one suffer from hives?

On this page there is some information that can help.

Getting hives for the first time can be a shock, the body is giving you a sign that something needs to be changed and if it is stress that is causing your hives, here is an opportunity to change.

There are many causes of stress that can induce hives such as; overwork, relationship and family issues such as the death of a loved one, (or illness of a loved one), family disagreements, work issues and financial stresses.

Other life changes that may be seen as ‘positive’ can also be stressful such as getting married and going on holiday.

Treatments for hives

Hives is associated with triggering the release of histamine in the body.

When visiting your doctor for assistance for hives you may be prescribed with antihistamines, the side effects of antihistamines include dry mouth, drowsiness and occasionally accelerated heart rate.

There are ways in which you can change and let go of hives symptoms without using antihistamines, particularly if your hives is caused or exacerbated by stress.

How to help yourself combat stress induced hives and boost your immune system by using stress busting tips using your own relaxation techniques and stress management program:

· Follow the Circadian Rhythm.

· Get enough rest and sleep.

· Stop smoking.

· Drink enough water daily (2 litres) your body discharges histamine to prevent water loss. If you give your body enough water, less histamine will be released.

· Reduce acid forming foods, drinks and substances such as:

· Sugar, processed foods, protein, caffeine, alcohol and street drugs.(Ifyou are suffering from histamine intolerance, then you need to avoid strawberries, citrus, pineapples, green pepper, tomatoes, fermented veggies, processed meats, etc).

· Limit stimulating TV and computer activities particularly before sleep.

· Exercise daily for 40 minutes a day.

· Address psychological and emotional issues with the help of qualified therapists.

· Use a home use scenar

· Use tranquil mind relaxation daily to prevent stress causing hives

Can stress cause hives? Yes but you can prevent stress:

Use the natural alternative: foods that prevent hives:

Vitamin C

Examples of foods containing Vitamin C;

blackcurrants, red bell peppers, kale, parsley, green sweet peppers, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

Flavonoids such as; quercetin, citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples and parsley

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Cold-water fish e.g. salmon



Basil, fennel, echinacea, reishi, chamomile, Ginkgo biloba, spirulina, ginger, garlic, butterbur and licorice root

Can stress cause hives? Yes but being informed helps dissipate stress:

What are hives?

Another name for hives is Urticaria.

Symptoms include an itchy raised red rash; hives are relatively common in the population.

Can stress cause hives? Yes, which is your type of hives?

There are three types of hives:

Immunological Hives

This type of hives is caused by an immune response; hives appear when histamine is released into the blood stream

Non-immunological hives

As in non-immunological hives, histamine is released from mast cells; however, the immune system response is not present.

Idiopathic Hives

The cause of Idiopathic hives is unknown, there is an allergen, but can not be pinned down to any cause, exacerbated sometimes because the length of time between contact and the appearance of the rash is a long period of time.

Like other forms of hives (including stress causing hives),an allergic response can occur as a rash appearing on the body, which can disappear as quickly as it came.

Angioedema is the rapid swelling of tissue such as eyelids and if you have angioedema you need to seek urgent medical help

To help you work out whether your hives is caused by stress here are some other causes of hives:

· Food; one of the main known causes of hives includes; dairy products, wheat, eggs, citrus, corn, peanut butter, shell fish, food additives, preservatives and dyes, caffeine and alcohol. (Allergies to food can cause other reactions such as headaches and diarrhoea)

· Environmental allergens e.g. smoke, pollen, dust, mould,

· Strong odours

· Insect bites and stings

· Household pets

· Synthetic perfumes

· Some medications

· Temperature of environment

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