Stress rash: How stress affects the skin

Posted By on May 28, 2017

Most people experience a degree of stress as part of their daily life. The development of rashes on the skin is a common physical symptom of stress that can occur in us all.

In isolation, mild forms of stress have little impact on the body. However, frequent or chronic exposure to stress can trigger adverse side effects.

In this article, we discuss the causes of stress rashes. We also explore how these are identified, treated, and prevented.

Effects of stress on the skin

Lady itching neck
Stress can play a big or small part in peoples daily lives, but it may also manifest in physical ways as well.

While often thought of as psychological, stress has physical manifestations as well.

One of the places where stress may have an impact is on a person’s skin. Stress can affect the skin in a number of ways.

Hives caused by stress

Stress can trigger an outbreak of hives that can make up a stress rash.

Hives are raised, red-colored spots or welts. They vary in size and can occur anywhere on the body.

Areas affected by hives can feel itchy. In some cases, they cause a tingling or burning sensation when touched.

These hives can occur due to a variety of different causes, such as:

  • cold or heat exposure
  • infection
  • certain medications, including antibiotics

The most common cause of hives is an allergen entering the body. For example, an individual with hay fever may develop hives as a result of exposure to pollen.

It is also possible for emotional stress to trigger an outbreak of hives. There can be a number of hormonal or chemical changes that occur in response to stress.

These changes can trigger blood vessels to expand and leak, causing red and swollen patches of skin. The resulting hives can be made worse by:

  • consumption of alcohol or caffeine
  • exposure to warm temperatures

Stress may worsen existing skin conditions

Stress can prevent existing skin problems from healing properly. For example, stress can worsen the skin conditions known as psoriasis and eczema.

When to seek help

Hives may cover the entire body and treatment should be sought to ease the irritation.

Stress rashes may be considered acute if they clear up in less than 6 weeks. If they persist for longer, they are deemed to be chronic.

Typically, rashes will clear up after a few days and it is not necessary to seek treatment. Help should be sought if the rashes take longer than this to clear up.

Experiencing an outbreak of hives can be uncomfortable regardless of when it clears up. In such cases, an individual should seek treatment to ease the irritation caused by hives.

Similarly, most stress rashes are fairly mild, but taking action to manage an outbreak is recommended to lessen its impact.

Particularly, a rash may cause feelings of unhappiness. This may amplify an individual’s stress and worsen the rash further.

Hives may sometimes cover the entire body or be accompanied by:

  • skin peeling or blisters
  • fever
  • pain

If so, it could indicate a more serious condition or allergy, and a doctor should be consulted immediately.


Treatment for a stress rash can usually be done at home, using nonprescription antihistamines. These should help to relieve the itching.

Alternatively, cooling the skin can also relieve itching. This can be achieved by taking a cool bath or using a cold compress.

In more severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a short course of:

  • stronger antihistamines
  • steroids
  • antibiotic tablets

If the rashes continue, a doctor may refer a person to a skin specialist, who will continue to prescribe medication while trying to identify triggers for the hives.

Some people may also find their rashes are related to the development of other conditions, such as angioedema or anaphylaxis. This will affect how the rashes are treated, according to the nature of the complication.

Alternative causes

eczema on the hand
A rash may have an alternative cause such as eczema, which can appear as red patches.

It maybe that a rash is the result of a factor other than stress, such as:

  • Heat rash: Exposure to a hot and humid climate can cause heat rashes to develop.
  • Eczema: This chronic condition can occur at any age. It is characterized by small bumps on the skin that can spread to form dense red patches, known as plaques.
  • Contact dermatitis: This is caused by an allergen, such as particular soaps or jewellry, coming into contact with the skin.
  • Pityriasis rosea: This is a common skin condition typified by a large rash often surrounded by smaller bumps or rashes.
  • Rosacea: Rashes due to rosacea often (but not always) appear on the face and may persist for weeks or months. There is no cure for this condition and rashes can reoccur despite treatment.

This article has 97 comments

  1. Pingback: best mut coins xbox one supplier

  2. Pingback: Madden 18 Coins PS4

  3. Pingback: buy cheap mut 18 coins

  4. Pingback: cheap mut 18 coins for sale

  5. Pingback: cheap mut 18 coins

  6. Pingback: buy Albion Online gold

  7. Pingback: best supplier of Mu Legend Zen from

  8. Pingback: Buy Cheap MUT Coins

  9. Pingback: madden mobile coins

  10. Pingback: buy cheap Mu Legend Zen in

  11. Pingback: PoE currency

  12. Pingback: poe exalted orb

  13. Pingback: buy poe currency

  14. Pingback:

  15. Pingback: bofilm ñåðèàë

  16. Pingback: bofilm

  17. Pingback: 1 seriya

  18. Pingback: Êîíñóëüòàöèÿ ïñèõîëîãà

  19. Pingback:

  20. Pingback:

  21. Pingback:

  22. Pingback:

  23. Pingback:

  24. Pingback:

  25. Pingback: Evil-Season-1

  26. Pingback: Evil-Season-2

  27. Pingback: Evil-Season-3

  28. Pingback: Evil-Season-4

  29. Pingback: Dollface-Season-1

  30. Pingback: Queer-Eye-We-re-in-Japan-Season-1

  31. Pingback: serial 2020

  32. Pingback: Dailymotion

  33. Pingback: Watch+movies+2020

  34. Pingback: serial-video-film-online

  35. Pingback: serial

  36. Pingback:

  37. Pingback:

  38. Pingback: #1plus1

  39. Pingback: 1plus1

  40. Pingback: Watch Movies Online

  41. Pingback: Film 2020

  42. Pingback: Film 2021

  43. Pingback: watch online TV LIVE

  44. Pingback: human design

  45. Pingback: dizajn cheloveka

  46. Pingback: human-design-space

  47. Pingback: 2020

  48. Pingback: koma 2020

  49. Pingback: The-Gentlemen

  50. Pingback: led-2

  51. Pingback: pod-vodoi

  52. Pingback: vk 2020

  53. Pingback: parazity-oskar-2020

  54. Pingback: human design human design

  55. Pingback: DSmlka

  56. Pingback: viagra

  57. Pingback: viagra online

  58. Pingback: +

  59. Pingback: ¯jak Son³k

  60. Pingback: astrolog

  61. Pingback: film-kalashnikov-watch

  62. Pingback: generic cialis

  63. Pingback: cialis 20mg

  64. Pingback: seasonvar

  65. Pingback:

  66. Pingback: pobachennya u vegas

  67. Pingback: Proshanie so Stalinym

  68. Pingback: strelcov 2020

  69. Pingback: film t-34

  70. Pingback: online pharmacy

  71. Pingback: online pharmacy canada

  72. Pingback: psiholog

  73. Pingback: psyhelp_on_line

  74. Pingback: coronavirus

  75. Pingback: PSYCHOSOCIAL

  76. Pingback: Cherekasi film 2020

  77. Pingback: film doktor_liza

  78. Pingback: djoker onlajn

  79. Pingback: generic viagra

  80. Pingback: buy viagra online

  81. Pingback:

  82. Pingback: koronavirus-v-ukraine-doktor-komarovskiy

  83. Pingback: Canada Pharmacy

  84. Pingback:

  85. Pingback: Ïñèõîëîã îíëàéí

  86. Pingback:

  87. Pingback: viagra 100mg

  88. Pingback: viagra price

  89. Pingback: viagra generic

  90. Pingback: viagra coupon

  91. Pingback: cheap viagra

  92. Pingback: cialis

  93. Pingback: cialis coupon

  94. Pingback: canadian pharmacy cialis

  95. Pingback: cialis 5mg

  96. Pingback:

  97. Pingback: bitly

Comments are closed.