Calming Stress Related Hives

Sufferers of stress related hives often want relief, both from the discomfort of their rashes and from the stress that prompted the skin conditions in the first place. Hives affect areas of the skin on the face, arms, back, stomach and chest with raised red itchy wheals of varying sizes, but they can also blend together to creating a rash covering a larger patch of the skin. Whatever the particular case, stress relief and hive eradication become crucial.

Causes
Several triggers can leave to hives, including allergies to pets, environmental issues such as pollen and mold, infections, allergic reactions to certain foods and medications and stress. These factors cause excessive amounts of histamine to be produced by the body.

Relief from Hives
Depending on the severity and length of time hives are present will help determine the type of treatments to use to calm the itching, burning and swelling of hives.

OTC's or over-the-counter medications use antihistamine blockers to inhibit the body from over-reacting to produce and release excessive histamine into the body causing hives. Zyrtec, Benadryl and Claritin are medications available without a prescription and may cause side affects.

Prescription medications, such as Clarinex and Allegra, that focus on allergy related problems, relieve the symptoms associated with hives but like over-the-counter medications, may cause drowsiness or nervousness.

Natural or homeopathic remedies using topical oils or creams do not require a prescription and generally have no side affects.

Monitoring stress levels by listing any stress related issues then incorporating relaxation, meditation, yoga, exercise or breathing techniques to naturally reduce stress levels will in turn, reduce the amount of histamine being produced and ease hive symptoms.

Severe Hives
Hives vary in the length of time the wheals or rash affects the skin. Some instances last for a few minutes to several hours while other instances last for days and weeks. Hives can disappear and reappear without warning.

If experiencing a chronic case of hives lasting more than a week or you are experiencing symptoms of constriction in the throat, dizziness and difficulty in breathing, seek immediate medical help.

Hives can be hereditary and may required a stronger oral medication or injections prescribed by your doctor.

An outbreak of hives is triggered by stress, allergies, or a combination of several factors and can signify an underlying medical problem. Do not take medication without a diagnosis by your family doctor and. if you are taking prescribed drugs for other conditions.

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