Can stress cause hives?
Science says yes, and you’re about to discover how.
In every medical reference, you would see them listing stress as one of the potential causes that can trigger hives or angioedema. Studies of groups of people suffering with different levels of urticaria have proven that stress can worsen hives and that it’s possible to get urticaria induced by stress.
There are some researches that link post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a classic stress-mediated syndrome with urticaria (the medical term for hives or nettle-rash), clearing the possible co-morbidity.
There are many explanations out there: stress-related hives can be the result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. It’s the same part of the brain that is responsible for “fight or flight” situations. Something else might be the cause.
In theory, we would assume that you are already susceptible to hives and that stress contributes in aggravating the main problem due to hormonal imbalance.
For example, dermatologists insist that masturbation has nothing to do with acne, but trust me – masturbate 3 times a day for 4 hours. The next day, I guarantee that you’ll have a huge pimple on your cheek. Hormonal imbalance can make matters worse. It’s a proven fact.
In his book Urticaria No More, Yassin Madwin stresses that hives cannot be caused by stress, confirming this theory. He shows how hives occur when there is a spike in certain hormones; these hormones need serotonin to work properly (serotonin, AKA the happiness hormone). The more you’re stressed, the more your cortisol rises and your serotonin drops. When this happens, a set of pro-inflammatory agents (basophils) are released into the blood stream, which requires histamine intervention.
You might, in fact, have something different than stress. It might be an autoimmune issue, malfunctioning organs or highly intoxicated body. If you’re sure it’s stress, then let’s proceed…
So, we agreed that stress-induced urticaria is a logical thing; what is not logical is to treat stress with drugs. Drug companies don’t have any single interest in jeopardizing their business in order to tell you the truth. Nobody exactly knows how it happens, but instead, they give you medicine that they are completely aware won’t work for you.
No. Seriously, stress is a mental state. And we treat mental problems with mind treatment, not with supplements. This advice, unfortunately, fails to find and explain the real cause of your stress problem.
The real secret behind stress is the social programming we have gotten since Day 1 of our existence. It’s not your fault. We were raised to go to school and have a job, make a family and have kids and then raise them to do the same. If you fail in one of these steps, you get stressed. You become depressed and anxious whenever you deal with the need for social approval, when you’re about to face a challenge that might change you or change your social status.
What you should really take care of is your wellbeing that is independent from others. You should have a rock solid self-esteem; embrace yourself! If you see that you need a change, do it for yourself (not for them, for you) because you deserve it. When people are just minutes closer to challenging their atheism, you only regret that you didn’t live happily enough or that you didn’t make the choices you wanted for yourself.