Hives: Can Stress Trigger Itchy Skin or Hives?
When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, most companies shifted to work-from-home arrangements, making it a little challenging to get used to, especially for those accustomed to physical working spaces. We’ve also had to manage the lack of structure, blurring lines of work and personal life, distractions, and constant changes in this period. Even as we gradually return to workplace today, it can look and feel different from before and all of these can cause some degree of stress and affect mental health1
The important thing to remember here is that stress is a completely normal part of life. Everybody goes through it, and we’re probably only getting to know different kinds of stress under these extraordinary circumstances. Stress can also come from any kind of event or thought, good and bad ones. But do take note that too much of it can bring about a negative impact on your general health, making it crucial to take necessary preventative measures.
Stress and rashes
You may or may not be aware that stress can cause stress rashes and skin to itch. If you are prone to skin allergies or conditions like eczema or psoriasis, your doctor may have advised you to keep stress at bay and relax. Have you ever wondered why?
Stress does not only affect your mind, it can also affect your whole body. You may not feel the physical changes as strongly as the emotional changes, but they can be at work in the background. Stress releases hormones and other chemicals such as histamines, that can trigger symptoms like stress rashes to flare-up.