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Posted on June 25, 2011 by Your Health Bulletin Team

A stress rash may occur as hives, which are raised blotches of skin that are as itchy as they are unsightly. Many times people who get stress rashes have trouble controlling their outbreaks. Understanding oxidative stress and pyschodermatology may help reduce a person’s tendency to get a stress rash.

Stress is the number one cause of this type of rash; hence the name “stress rash”. Stress causes skin problems and skin problems will often cause even more stress, creating a vicious cycle of stress-induced rashes. Stress can also make existing rashes worse. Stress can be caused by a number of variables. It can come from work, relationships, financial worries, raising children or caring for aging parents and many other factors.

Raised levels of oxidative stress are also a causing factor. Oxidative stress is a buildup of free radical damage in one’s body. One study has shown that having high levels of oxidative stress coupled with low levels of fighting antioxidants can lead to allergic and inflammatory skin disease. Another study shows an imbalance of antioxidants leads to a failure to combat oxidative stress which acts like stimuli to those who are susceptible to getting hives.

Is There Any Way to Stop Stress Rash?

Causing factors of stress rash might not ever be completely eliminated, however, stress rash can be controlled using natural healing methods or by using pharmaceutical products.

The natural healing methods listed below can be effective at stopping stress rash.

Relaxation methods like yoga, tai chi or meditation can help reduce stress levels. Reducing stress can lower the triggering effect of skin outbursts.

Consuming indirect antioxidants will also lower oxidative stress levels. Indirect antioxidants can be found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Indirect antioxidants, such as Protandim, have also shown promising results in lowering oxidative stress.

Psychodermatology is a new approach that combines a variety of methods to reduce skin rashes. It is said that the mind and skin are intertwined. Using this knowledge, treatment may involve antidepressants, relaxation therapy or counseling.

The pharmaceutical products listed below are effective at treating stress rash as it occurs.

Anti-itch creams such as Itch-X, Sarna Sensitive and Benadryl

Antihistamines like Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton or Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert and Zyrtec

Effects of Stress on Your Skin

Oxidative Stress in Allergic and Inflammatory Skin Diseases

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