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7 Surprising Signs You're Way Too Stressed

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"In adults, stress is one of the most common causes of hives," says John F. Romano, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. Experts think that anxiety sets off a cascade of immunological events that can lead to the release of a compound called histamine, which causes hives. Unfortunately, there's no way to tell if they're caused by an allergic reaction or anxiety, says Dr. Romano.

Nix It: Talk to your doctor about whether you should take an antihistamine at the first sign of hives or an anti-anxiety medication during stressful periods as a preventive measure. Biofeedback sessions can also stop the immune-system response that triggers anxiety-related hives. Otherwise, Dr. Romano recommends taking an oral antihistamine and applying a topical anesthetic or anti-itch cream to relieve discomfort. Applying cool compresses and taking oatmeal baths can also soothe the itching until the hives clear up.

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Leyah26 wrote:

I want to not feel as though people are judging me for all the wrong reasons when I leave the house. I want to be able to leave the house on my own without all the anxiety that I have now. I want to one day be able to go on rides at amusement parks with the kids we will have one day. I want to go to an amusement park and not have to worry about if I'll fit or not

5/2/2012 12:28:01 PM Report Abuse
imaginarymona8 wrote:

Thanks for your helpful guides.

4/21/2012 01:59:47 AM Report Abuse
karsonalisarodg wrote:

This has been my life for weeks on end!! Except not the hives.

4/15/2012 11:32:08 PM Report Abuse
nfoghi2002 wrote:

thank you ,you're the best

4/13/2012 11:59:45 PM Report Abuse
lauraesb_3 wrote:

Now I understand that all my health problems are related to stress. Thanks. This article is really helpful.

4/12/2012 11:15:49 PM Report Abuse

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