Can stress cause hives? Definitely YES!
Let’s have a detailed look on what hives is in order to understand why the answer is so definite.
Hives is one of the most frequent allergic skin reactions. People can suffer hives at any age especially if they are more sensitive towards some specific nutrients. The official medical name of this phenomenon is urticaria.
Hives start with a sudden itching often even with fever. They are pink swellings that can show up at any place of the skin – on the back, the chest or even on the face and the limbs.
The good news is that when they fade they leave no trace. Pea sized or joining to cover broad areas of the body the new hives appear as the old ones fade away. Although hives can burn or sting the skin is usually not broken or scrubbed.
Hives can be acute and chronic. Acute hives appear suddenly, last for several minutes, hours or days and fade without leaving any traces. Most studies point out that acute hives occur as a result of allergic response to foods or drugs. However in most cases the real cause is not identified.
The chronic ones are long lasting swellings which can repeatedly reappear on the skin. Usually hives appearing at least twice a week for a period longer than 6 weeks are treated as chronic. Unlike acute hives they do not fade so quickly.
Histamine released into the skin is the basic physical reason to trigger a complicated chain of events which make hives appear.
Histamine is a biogenic amine and plays key role in the body’s immune response to foreign pathogens. It is of indispensable necessity for our body in order to engage foreign invaders in case of injury or other damage.
However as explained below stress can result in dramatic changes in our bodies by affecting the hormonal balance which can trigger the immune response with no reason.
It has already been proven that good health is substantially threatened by the hormonal misbalance due to long lasting stress. Ongoing stress causes a substantial overproduction of many hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and VIP and the excess of those hormones for extended period of time has already been linked to many conditions and illnesses.
The misbalanced hormonal equilibrium in our bodies by stress sometimes can simulate conditions which trigger the release of large quantities of histamine in the skin. The result is a reaction that looks like an allergic response such as hives.
In addition the misbalanced hormonal equilibrium is the main reason why your sensitivity towards different kinds of irritants such as pollens is increased and can become a reason for allergy caused hives.
Once we have answered the question can stress cause hives it is important to discuss potential treatments for them.
In order to deal with hives you have to identify the reasons causing them. Most often this is the biggest problem because doctors do not have an official well defined method of identifying the causes for hives.
Quite often it is up to the suffering person to monitor himself and this way to find out the reasons by himself.
Thus during the first 2 to 3 days you should not eat too much. Tea, bread and fruits are the best foods during those early days.
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