Stress Rash

Leading a stressful life can affect you in different negative ways. Stress can create reactions in your body including the skin. Although skin reactions due to stress are not so common, it is possible to have a rash develop on your body as a result of stress.

Stress rash appear as red, raised and swollen bumps on your skin. Stress rash also called hives are usually itchy and some people experience stinging sensation or burning each time the rash appears. Stress rash can go away when you deal with all stressors in your life.

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Causes of Stress Rash

Stress rash occurs as a result of too much tension, anxiety or stress in your life. When you are excessively exposed to stress for a short time or long period, your body’s defense mechanism becomes weak.  It begins to release histamine into your body to protect you against stress.  In other words, your body develops an allergic reaction towards stress.  But stress cannot be removed by histamine produced by the immune system. As a result it causes hives to develop on the chest, face and other areas of your body.

Stress puts your body in excess tension making it to release large amounts of adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. These substances cause skin reactions which can lead to a rash developing on the skin.

Another way stress can lead to a rash developing on your body is by making your skin more sensitive. This will make substances or things that did not react with your skin to begin reacting causing a rash to develop.


A stress rash exhibits the following symptoms:

You may have red bumps and swollen areas on your skin. These bumps and swollen areas appear abruptly. They are itchy and usually cause stinging or burning sensation when you touch them. Stress rash can develop on any area of your body and may vary in size; ranging from small to large rash. Small stress rash may combine to form plagues, which are large rashes on your skin.


The first step in treating stress rash is to identify all stressors in your life and learn how to control them. By dealing with stress in your life, the rash will begin to disappear and less likely to appear.

Treatment for  Stress Rash

Treatment of stress rash focuses on alleviating the symptoms. Medications and natural home remedies can be used to provide relief.

Medications: Topical medications are effective in treating symptoms of a skin rash. You can apply corticosteroids gel or cream on the affected area of your body to reduce swellings.

You may also buy over-the counter antihistamines to ease itching. In case the condition is so severe, your doctor may prescribe other medication to stop the symptoms.

Natural Remedies: There are many natural remedies you can use to lessen symptoms of a stress rash. They include:

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Baking soda: Baking soda is effective in treating itchy skin rash. To use it, simply add a cup of baking soda to a cold bath and immerse yourself for about 30 minutes to ease itching and swellings on your skin.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is effective in reducing itching on your skin. It also contains minerals and Vitamins to help sooth your skin and boost healing. Fresh aloe Vera is effective but if you cannot access it, you can use aloe Vera gel from any health food store. For fresh aloe Vera, simply extract the gel from a fresh aloe leaf and apply it on the affected area.

Oatmeal bath: Oatmeal can help moisturize your skin and ease itching. To use oatmeal bath, simply add two cups of oatmeal into a little warm water and immerse yourself for about 30 minutes. Be careful not to use hot water because it can cause itchiness to become worse.

Olive oil: Olive oil is rich in vitamins E and it is an antioxidant which enhances your skin renewal. It also helps reduce itching on your skin. Take olive oil and rub it on the affected area several times a day until it completely heals. You may add a little powder of turmeric to a little olive oil and apply it on the affected area three times each day for few days. Turmeric powder will help reduce itching and sooth your skin.

Cold compress: Cold compress can be effective in reducing itching and swellings. Simply put ice packs in a plastic bag and place it on the affected area for few minutes. Repeat this process for several times in day. Alternatively, place a clean cloth in ice cold water and place it on the affected area for about 10 minutes. Be careful not to put ice packs directly on your skin because it can burn your skin.

Apple cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is effective in easing itching. To use it, simply put a cotton ball into apple cider vinegar and place it on the affected area and leave it there for few minutes and remove the cotton ball. Repeat this several times a day for days until the rash disappears completely.

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