A study published in 2008 sought to determine the different types of stress that worsened symptoms in people with chronic hives. The study found that 16% of the people studied experienced a stressful event within 1 year before the onset or worsening of their hives.
The most common stressful events that were related to the occurrence of hives included death of a family member, family conflicts, financial problems, sexual dysfunction, illness of a family member, problems in the workplace, and extramarital affairs. Surprisingly, even forms of “good” stress -- getting married or engaged, and going on a vacation – were also associated with hives. The authors propose that the treatment of stress, through relaxation techniques and stress management programs, may be useful for the treatment of hives caused or worsened by stress.
Learn more about the common causes of hives.
Malhotra SK, Mehta V. Role of Stressful Life Events in Induction or Exacerbation of Psoriasis and Chronic Urticaria. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2008;74(6):594-9.
Wallengren J, Isaksson A. Urticarial Dermatographism: Clinical Features and Response to Psychosocial Stress. Acta Derm Venereol. 2007;87:493-98.
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