Yes, Stress Can Cause Hives!
Stress Can Cause Hives: Hivecten, Control Stress-Related Hives, Anxiety, Overactive Sympathetic Nervous System
We appreciate the anxiety you feel as someone who suffers from stress-related hives. That's why we've provided answers to the questions below - because we know
it's important for you to be informed when determining whether Hivecten is right for you.
Can Stress Really Cause Hives?
Visit any web site about hives, or read any medical study or article about the varying types of urticaria and you will surely see references to the causal role that stress or anxiety has in triggering, intensifying, or elongating an outbreak of hives. Although every article or product web site will mention stress,
until now no remedies actually target diminishing the agents released in the body when we feel stress,
whether over-the-counter, physician prescribed, or supplement.
In addition to the connection between stress and the body's release of histamine,
stress-related hives can also result from an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which is part of the involuntary central nervous system in our bodies. The sympathetic nervous system helps regulate glands and organs without our conscious effort, and controls the diameter of blood vessels. In some people, these nerves are unusually sensitive to stressful situations. Given the right stimulus (like feeling uncomfortable or anxious), the nerves prompt the blood vessels to open wide, flooding the skin with blood and causing the characteristic reddening of the neck, arms, chest, or face.
How is Stress Related to Hives?
In order to illustrate how stress and hives are related, it is necessary to have an understanding of the body's general response to stress. Webster's Dictionary defines stress as, "any stimulus that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism." According to Stanford professor Robert M. Sapolsky, "Stress may be the thing that takes a part of our body that was marginally damaged by exposure to God-knows-what sort of toxins and pushes it into overt disease."
There is little doubt in the medical community that the mind and body are inextricably linked by a delicate biochemical equilibrium. Stress attacks homeostasis, causing the body to instinctually react to the potential danger by increasing the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol by the sympathetic nervous system. This reaction is referred to as "fight or flight" or an "adrenaline rush" in common terminology.
Ideally, the exposure to the stressor is eliminated and the endocrine and immune systems quickly restore hormonal balance and calm the brain down. Stress can serve as a catalyst for physical changes, either strengthening the body's resilience or weakening its resistance to illness. Paradoxically, the added stress created when one is afflicted with disease perpetuates the illness, further weakening the immune system.
Chronic Stress-Related Hives: The Snowball Effect
Chronic sufferers of hives caused by stress have the additional problem of dealing with the added stresses that come with the visible, physical symptoms. Examples of added stress while suffering with chronic hives include:
- Fighting to stay awake during the day while taking anti-histamine medication
that causes drowsiness
- Trying to function while unable to sleep comfortably at night because the itching is so bad
- Laying in bed with twitching, creepy, crawly skin-all sticky from hydrocortisone ointment
- Wondering why you could hardly stay awake while driving home from work, but can't fall asleep at night--even using common sedatives
- Frustration in finding clothes to wear that won't:
- Touch the hives and make them start itching again
- Show the unattractive hives to others
- Cause damage to the fabric due to the creams and ointments needed
- Depression and sometimes suicidal thoughts as a result of the staggering negative lifestyle effects and undermined cause and duration of the condition
Hives Caused By Stress: Affects Your Health and Well-Being
The stress response becomes unhealthy when the body is not given an opportunity to shut down the stress reaction system long enough to restore the proper hormonal balance. The length of down-time required for this process individually varies with stress intensity and how one chooses to react to the stress.
It is found that prolonged day-to-day stress causes a weakening of the response
system, making the body unable to internally recover following a stressor. Stress also causes a hormonal imbalance with excess cortisol and adrenaline in the system which, in turn, can cause damage to the hippocampus; site of emotion, memory, and learning in the brain, and suppress the immune system.
Stress Can Change Your Body Chemistry
Chronic or persistent illnesses are signals from the body that it has a hormonal imbalance from either exposure to the stress response for too long or the methods being used for coping with stress are inefficient. Prolonged exposure to stress is found to profoundly change the internal chemistry of the body. These changes can cause a mild to significant decline in the body's overall health.
The body's natural reaction to stress can cause, aggravate, and temporarily treat the symptoms of chronic urticaria. Chronic hives are only one of many physical reactions attributed to the hormonal imbalance caused by ongoing exposure to stress. Women are found to be more sensitive to illness due to a stress-related hormonal imbalance because of normal monthly changes in estrogen levels, particularly chronic hives and pre-menstrual syndrome.
Why Do I Break Out in Stress-Related Hives?
If an individual experiences recurring skin rashes, the evidence presented strongly supports that it is prudent to suspect stress as the source of the reaction, absent of any pattern of physical exposure to an allergen.
Research over the recent decades has uncovered a clear connection between stress and disease, both physicians and psychologists agree that there is indeed a physiological response to a wide variety of stressors. When the body detects stress, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, which mobilizes the body's defenses through the "fight or flight" response.
Your body's "fight or flight" instincts automatically activate the opening of blood vessels and the resulting redness or blotchiness of the skin at the moment your brain senses a stressful situation. This involuntary bodily reaction makes it impossible for you to control. Stress-related hives are common in people who experience extreme anxiety in performance or social situations. However, some people are prone to break-outs even during casual conversations with friends.
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