Stress Skin Hives and Dermographism
by M D
I was under so much stress at one point in my life with constant worry that my skin erupted in a red itch. At first I thought it was a rash from something and would pass but as the weeks rolled on I became concerned and that just added to the stress. I could lightly stroke my skin and voila - I had itchy red trails from the object. My skin would eventually be bothered by fabrics and even pressure against my skin. I was so worried that I went to the doctor and took blood tests and all. They were stumped. My dermatologist said he didn't think it was hives and it really wasn't, it was Dermographism, which included Hives symptoms.
I spent a year trying to figure out what the causes could be, trying to reassure myself that it may only be stress related. I tried to relax but it would still occur. I finally spoke to a doctor that realized that stress plays a major roll in skin conditions. Taking antihistamines and other ointments only mask the problem. Ultimately I would have to find a way to get rid of stress and there are many ways to do so, from Yoga to Meditation. They will all help.
Stress does not have to be apparent for you to be stressed and stress can take on many different symptoms. Some people get a racing heartbeat, others may display stomach problems, and some will have skin problems. For one person it may trigger Psoriasis and another will get hives. It just depends on the individual.
It took me a year to resolve my problem and to recognize the pattern of my affliction. I did use mangosteen juice to help buffer the symptoms a bit but its not a cure. You have to control your anxiety and stop the worrying. This has to be done over the course of a few weeks to actually make it work, otherwise you will find yourself back to where you started. It is like a domino effect. You stress, you itch with Hives/ Dermographism and your in the vicious cycle.
RELAX!!!! Get rid of the bad stress and slowly your symptoms will abate. This is not a one day fix all. Remember, your body took some time to develop the condition and it will take time to reverse it. I have spent two years of full hearted research on this condition because I want others to benefit from my experience with this skin problem and to better understand that this skin condition is cause and effect to the body from prolonged stress. Manage your health and your diet and get exercise and rest. All these elements will trigger a new direction for your body to rebalance. Follow recommendations to help reduce the symptoms but stay away from the medications that will only frustrate you in the long run.
I'm not a doctor but I have spoken with enough of them so that I am fully aware of this skin condition and its variances. Dermographism is still trying to be understood by the medical profession but the stress factor is definitely a true cause of this skin condition.