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Old 08-23-2004, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hives? Stress related?

I've had social anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember. Also i've always had somewhat of an anxiety disorder but for like this past year or so I just can not stop worrying. Especially lately has been really intense. I'll wake up in the middle of the night worrying. I have these nervous breakdowns all the time. All day all these things run through my mind. I just never give myself a break. The thing is lately i've been getting these itchy red spot (hives maybe?) all over my feet, legs, some on my chest, and sometimes other areas. I've never gotten these before. I'm also breaking out pretty badly on my face. I'm wondering if this is stress related. Has anyone experienced this with stress?

 
Old 08-24-2004, 11:10 AM   #2
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Re: Hives? Stress related?

could be stress or allergies or other things

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Old 09-15-2004, 04:07 PM   #3
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Re: Hives? Stress related?

Hi Shy One!

Well, I've made a couple posts recently, you can find them on this board, but I've been going through a lot lately, and am under a tremendous amount of stress. In the past week, I have been getting a lot of unexplainable, itchy rashes over various parts of my body (arm, top of foot, backs of hands) that I can't relate to an allergic reaction of any kind. I am sure it is stress-induced. I haven't found anyone with advice or information on stress-related hives/rash/itching yet, but I wanted you to know you aren't alone. I asked my mom for advice and she said to use hydrocortisone or Aveeno to reduce the itching, but that I would have to get the stress under control in order for them to go away. I've been scouring the internet looking for advice on ways to cope with stress. The top things I've heard: exercise, music, baths, walks. These things don't work as well for me, perhaps because they are solitary activities where I have plenty of opportunity to let my mind wander to the things that are troubling me. I have found that reading other peoples' posts on here helps some because I can see how much everyone else is going through and that I'm not alone. Plus, there is a lot of moral support on here. I think too, for me, that spending time with those I Love and being able to get away from everything for a while (even if it's just a movie or a day spent shopping in another town) will help. If you need someone to talk to, feel free to reply to your own message here, and I will gladly respond. It's good to know you're not alone, and for those of us with social anxieties, it's nice to be able to share without having to be face to face with someone. Good Luck! I hope you find what you're looking for!

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Old 09-15-2004, 09:41 PM   #4
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I get a specific hive under my eye whenever I am under a tremendous
amount of stress. It always take a couple of hours to go away.
I also have the issue of thinking too much when I am given even a small
amount of time. Overthinking is THE problem.... but I don't quite know how to
solve it. I try to distract myself or focus on good thoughts, but my paranoid
nature always wanders back to issues that stressed me out. Talking about it in this forum does help though.

 
Old 09-16-2004, 06:54 AM   #5
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hello!!! i think hives are very much apart of stress. i started to get this one along my jaw line when finals were coming up in high school. it was long, red, flaky and itched like crazy. as soon as the stress factor was gone, so was the blob. of course if i would have showed that to my mom she would have freaked and i am sure i would have been sent to the doctor, put on meds.....the whole 9 yards. i am 28 now and i still get the blob from time to time.

i will say that i am sure this sounds cheesy, but diet can be a huge factor in your stress level. if you do not get enough amino acids then your body can not function properly. it will get what it needs from other resources. it is like putting regular gas in an unleaded car. doesn't work too well. most of the symptoms of stress can be attributed to an amino acid depletion. i know because i am living proof. i have struggled with stress and anxiety for years and years and have tried many different meds. it has been awful. but i started taking L-theanine, an amino acid specifically for anxiety. i am a different person. there are many different kinds of amino acids, if you have a good vitamin place near you they can help you find one thats right.

about your hives--- i would say that it sounds like an internal reaction. like you are getting too much of a mineral of vitamin. i am sure you checked all the obvious, new detergent, new animal, bug bites?

try some benadryl cream for the itching, but seriously check out the amino acids. i can't believe i went all that time without.
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Old 01-17-2005, 05:27 PM   #6
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i agree with all of you. I have had many serious bouts with hives. Swollen fingers, palm of my hands that get so itcy i go insane, round welts on my legs, arms, swollen lips .. need i go on. Anyway.. i think you are on the right track with the stress.. and i did find something that does seem to control it. Zoloft. it has a stress reliever in it, and everytime i use it, they stop, if i go off of it they come back.. when i am in a high stress level, the dr has me increase the dose, I recently cut my dosage down figuring i was out of the stress period,.. but i was wrong. i am now tring to get it undercontrol. i am adding for a few days adavan for extra stress relief. it seems to be working..

anyway.. i would be curious if anyone has ever gone this route. i have tried to allergist, homopathic dr.. nothing helped until zoloft.

so.. if you've tried it and it worked, let me know, if it didnt work i want to know that too.

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Old 02-08-2005, 06:16 PM   #7
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HI- I know for a fact that stress can cause hives! My sister gets them on her chest whenever she is stressed.
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Old 02-13-2005, 05:51 PM   #8
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Sure thing hives can be induced by stress - but the doctor probably won't agree. I have been posting on the allergies board, there is a lot of stuff there and in the rare disorders board that deals with hives. I have "idopathic chronic uritcaria", "delayed pressure urticaria', etc. - basically, I get hives whenever my skin is exposed to pressure, sunlight, cold, or almost any physical stimuli. Oh, and when I am stressed. I have had them since January of 2003, when I moved to a new town. I moved into a new apartment on a Wednesday, woke up on the Thursday with MAJOR hives, went to emorge, was told it was a reaction to peanuts. Yeah, right. I was laid off form my job 6 months later (still having hives) and BAM! another major outbreak. I had problems with the movers, and, guess what? More hives. I packed everything I owned to move back home with an IV in my arm, because I had to go to the hopsital evry 6 hours for intravenous antihistamines & steriods. Not fun. If you can't find the connection to an allergen, or you haven't made the connection for yourself, then get allergy tests done. The doc can do scratch tests or do blood work for the tests. Until then, keep trying OTC antihistamines like Benedryl (for the big outbreaks, it will probably make you sleepy), or a non-drowsy one like Claritin or Reactine. My doc suggests Reactine, he says it is very good. I am on prescribed hydroxyzine, 25mg, which helps with the itch. I still look like a dalmation, but I don't itch. I also use a cortisone cream (again RX, as my hives are very severe) but for the last 2 years I have only been hive-free when taking prednisone, which I don't recommend as it is a nasty drug. Talk to the pharmacist, they know more about the individual drugs than the docs, they have to, it is their job! She will be able to give you good advice. Most importantly, get tested if at all possible. Plus, try keeping a journal, so you know what you ate, drank, were stressed by, etc. It will help the doctor help you if you have some kind of record. Also, and this is just a throw away idea, try perhaps some relaxation tapes or techniques? I don't know if it will help, or if you have already. Good luck with your quest for a cure, keep posting. ( check out posts by hairdoer - see the allergy list & rare disorders)

 
Old 02-13-2005, 10:29 PM   #9
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i just stumbled on your post accidentally, i haven't read what others said (don't have enough time) but i do know stress won't help if you do have a hive break out. this happened to me last may. i had hives literally all over my body, not a single place spared (even on my face!) it was horrible.... they still don't know what caused the hives, and i don't think stress caused your hives... it's probably something else, BUT the stress will prolong it and probably make it worse in the long run.
my suggestion to you is to take a break!!! go see your doctor, a specialist.. something! get some medication.. and if you're working, try to get a note from your doc saying you need time to relax or you won't get any better....
i had just started work when i broke out in hives and that stress added to making it worse. i had hives for over a month.. i worked WITH the hives for about 2 weeks until it got so bad i swelled and it started affecting everything. people even thought i was diseased, when really it was just an allergic reaction!!
anyway, the only thing that helped me was to take 2 weeks off work, get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids... and take it easy. that was the only way i got better... i suggest this to you if it gets real bad...

 
Old 02-17-2005, 05:55 AM   #10
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Hi Shy One - I was just wondering how your hives are doing? I also thought I should have suggested a cortisone cream for the hives. It may help with the itching and the inflammation. Hope you are feeling better.

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Old 02-17-2005, 01:07 PM   #11
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Hey... I haven't checked this thread in so long. I can't believe how many recent replies I got. = ) I don't know if those were hives or not. I didn't go to the doctor because I have no health insurance. I had decided to wait and see if things got better and they did. They went away after a couple of weeks and haven't come back. I did take lots of hot baths which helped me relax. Maybe it was my laundry detergent or something. Thanks for the replies!

 
Old 02-18-2005, 12:49 PM   #12
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If it happens again, don't take hot baths. Hives will worsen when exposed to heat. Go to drug store, and get Benedryl or an over the counter antihistamine. take as directed. If it works, great, it is hives. if it doesn't, it isn't hives and it won't harm you. good luck

 
Old 03-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #13
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Re: Hives? Stress related?

Hello all,
I am wondering I have a few health problems.. rheumetoid arthritis, Celiac diaseas, asthma and plenty of other symptoms.. I am, out on the fringe so to speak...

Anyhow about 3 days ago while at my parents house I had a diet coke, and some cookies I am a smoker so after the cookies I had a smoke..
Well the left, and only left side of my face began to swell along with my lip. I had assumed it was anyphlaxsis or a severe allergic reaction. I weent home took some benadryl and tried to forget about it.

left side of face swollen and red
Lip on left side swollen
Eyes had red halo's kinda like a racoon.
Left arm was very cold to the touch


The next day, the same thing happened in the same areas.. this time a little more severe so I went to the ER.. they said it couldn't be anyphlaxsis because of the time since the reaction started... they gave me a shot of Epinephrin and sent me home. I slept for a bit.. I woke up and smoked a few times and had a few diet cokes... No problems

This morning (still stressed) After about 3 smokes and one diet coke.. here we go again, this time I felt (maybe imagined) that it was hard to breathe and the reaction was worse.

Anyhow Smokes and diet coke have never caused a problem before, so I am wondering if this is all a stress induced hive. Or some kind of a panic induced hive. I do have a history of anxiety and turning stress inward... could my symptoms be completely stress induced?

 
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Hi! My name is Sandra, and I have been dealing with chronic hives for the past thirteen years, and angioedema (swelling of my lips) for the past year. My first doctor visit concluded it was from soap, and gave me Westcort cream, which has thinned the skin on my left chin and side of my neck. A year later, I was transferred to Florida ( I'm in the military), where my symptoms worsened; I had allergy testing done, and my body reacted to pollen from trees,grass,roaches (ugh!),and dust... pretty much like a majority of our population. My allergist diagnosed me with "Idiopathic angioedema with urticaria", and gave me medications in different combinations: Zantac, Zyrtec, Claritin, Clarinex, Allegra, and if I got really bad, it was Prednisone for me. I still experienced no relief from my condition. I have had full urine/stool/blood work taken, and everything came back normal. I told my allergist my symptoms start a few days before my menstrual cycle; I also experience angioedema (lip swelling), and one hive on each eyelid, in the inner corner that go away after a day or two. I just visited a dermatologist who suspected I may contracted a virus from my travels overseas, and gave me a regiment of pills for two weeks,(which make you violently ill if you drink alcohol with them)- this didn't alleviate my symptoms either.
I am suspecting this is stress-related; when I don't get enough sleep, get over-worked, don't eat right, worry about everything, and even when I get emotional over movies or cry, this happens. (How weird!) I'm going to try some herbal remedies; maybe I'll find some relief there.
I'm happy to have found a place with people who are dealing with the same thing I am; I don't know anyone else that is going through this; even my husband doesn't understand how this can happen.
If anyone has dealt with symptoms I have, and found an answer, I'd love to hear about it!

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Old 04-17-2005, 07:53 AM   #15
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I've had social anxiety disorder for as long as I can remember. Also i've always had somewhat of an anxiety disorder but for like this past year or so I just can not stop worrying. Especially lately has been really intense. I'll wake up in the middle of the night worrying. I have these nervous breakdowns all the time. All day all these things run through my mind. I just never give myself a break. The thing is lately i've been getting these itchy red spot (hives maybe?) all over my feet, legs, some on my chest, and sometimes other areas. I've never gotten these before. I'm also breaking out pretty badly on my face. I'm wondering if this is stress related. Has anyone experienced this with stress?
I also break out in 'hives' when I am very nervous. They look like mosquito bites and itch like crazy. I have found that using Benadryl Cream works onm them....get somethingn for your nerves, I have been put on Ativan and it has helped sooo much..good luck...kahlia
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