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Stress urticaria: what it is, how to recognize it and what are the remedies


Stress urticaria is a more common problem than you think. Let’s find out what it is, what the symptoms are and what to do to alleviate the problem.

When we talk about stress urticaria we mean that problem of the skin that manifests itself in the form of itching and wheals and which usually has a nervous origin . A problem that affects many more people than you think and which, if not taken in time, can also have repercussions on the body. So let’s learn to recognize it and understand how to treat it.

Stress urticaria: the symptoms that it is important to learn to recognize

Suffering from nervous urticaria is very annoying. Although, apparently, the problem concerns only the skin, in reality it is the whole organism that is involved.


Suffice it to say that the so-called stress wheals are formed due to the release of some hormones that the body puts into circulation when it is too stressed. A sort of defense that in the long run can create various types of damage and of which itching and wheals are indeed a manifestation not to be underestimated. A problem similar to that of stress dermatitis which, however, tends to present itself in a different way.

So what are the symptoms to recognize stress urticaria? Typically, wheals tend to last a few minutes to a few hours and then fade on their own. Furthermore, the use of antihistamines does not seem to have much effect on them. The wheals almost look like mosquito bites and can be few and large or small and more common. In any case, to have a certain diagnosis, it is necessary to undergo some tests in order to exclude some forms of allergy or other types of pathologies such as parasitic infections or thyroid problems. With the necessary exclusions, the doctor himself will diagnose stress urticaria.

Stress urticaria: how long it lasts and what are the most effective remedies

As mentioned, stress urticaria hives can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. The urticaria itself, however, can become chronic and occur for long periods and with every episode of stress. Its duration is therefore variable and can last over time, especially in the absence of adequate care.

When a diagnosis of nervous urticaria is made, remedies range from antihistamines to cortisone to the administration of some drugs subcutaneously. Obviously these therapies, which must be expressly prescribed by the doctor, must also be associated with work on the main cause which is stress.

Finally, even nutrition can help and in particular the reduction or elimination of foods rich in histamine such as cured meats, wine, tomatoes, aged cheeses, aubergines, etc …

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