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Itch caused by allergy to tree pollen

Do you experience physical signs of anxiety? According to experts, anxiety can manifest in many different physical symptoms, including pins and needles, a dry mouth, and excessive sweating. One of the ways people’s bodies respond to anxiety is by breaking out in a bumpy rash. Why does this happen, and can anything be done about it?

An anxiety rash, also known as a stress rash, is a response by your body’s immune system to the anxiety. During stressful events, your body produces the fight or flight hormone called cortisol, and when the levels of cortisol rise, histamines are released into the body to alleviate the anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety can’t be alleviated with histamines, so the skin reacts by producing hives or a rash.

Anxiety rashes look like other rashes, so how can you identify them? An anxiety rash can look like a heat rash, or can create itchily, raised bumps. In some people, it’s all over the body, while for others it’s just on one part of the skin. Sometimes, the rash itself can cause people more anxiety, which only makes it worse. To determine if the rash you’re experiencing is an anxiety rash, eliminate other possible causes of the rash, and pay attention to whether or not the rash goes away when your stress is reduced.

Taking over-the-counter antihistamines or using an itch-reducing cream may help with the pain and itching these rashes cause. You might also find relief from using aloe vera or taking an oatmeal bath. It’s important to talk to a doctor before trying any home remedies for a rash because you want to make sure you’re using the right treatment for your particular rash.

Ultimately, if you’re reacting to anxiety and stress by breaking out in a rash, it’s a good idea to look for ways to manage your anxiety. This might mean seeking therapy or practicing meditation or yoga. For some people, exercise helps alleviate stress and anxiety, while others benefit from making time for personal hobbies.

If you’re suffering from rashes and want to determine the cause, it’s smart to look for a competent dermatologist like the ones at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. With over 30 years of experience in Salt Lake City, our practice can handle both medical and cosmetic problems with skill and discretion. Our friendly staff will help you feel at ease, and our board-certified dermatologists will assist you in getting effective treatment. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 801-266-8841 or contact us through our website.