(Closed) Does anyone else get anxiety hives?

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
Bee
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

I get blotchy! Mr. D always accuses me of being super mad and red-faced when really I just start turning red with any emotion stronger than annoyance. I’m sure I’ll be red for the ceremony, too… but I’ve never heard of any solutions!

Post # 4
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I haven’t gotten them really bad in a while, but I used to get them so bad that my eyes would swell shut and it was diagnosed as anxiety related.  Mine would start on my wrists then my scalp and then spread from there.  Even thought it’s not allergies Benadryl does work to control it.  I also found that lotion and standing next to a cold air sources helped keep them from spreading.

Post # 5
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264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Oh man, I got hives (for the first and only time) right before I moved cross country after college due to the stress. I hope somebody has some advice for you, that itchiness was the WORST! Good luck!

Post # 6
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1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I used to get them very bad as a child, bright red burning hives, sometimes in a chain formation around my torso and all over my legs.  I would scratch till I bled & scratch all night long.  The only soothing thing was calamine lotion.  I have no idea why they stopped but I havent had them for years.  I still get anxious though! Hope you find a solution.

Post # 7
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2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My neck broke out in hives a few hours before my ceremony. when I was getting makeup done. I ended up taking allergy meds and had my makeup lady airbrush my  neck and chest, they were gone by the time it was the wedding (well gone enough that you can’t see them in pictures)

Post # 8
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9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

When I get angry, you can immediately tell in my ears and cheeks haha. Irish gals can’t hide the emotion it seems.

Post # 9
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1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

oh yes, I have irish heritage also & my cheeks go flaming red when Im angry too!

Post # 10
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452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had a girl in my class and any time she had to give an oral presentation, you could literally see the fear start on her chest and work its way up her neck and face. Same in anxiety-producing social situations.

Have you tried benedryl or the likes? I know it’s technically for allergic reactions, but if it’s caused by a histamine release it may still work to calm the reaction.

Post # 12
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1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@gallifrey:  you’re welcome, also having a just warm bath is quite soothing & you can put baking soda or epsom salts in the bath which are very alkaline & good for the skin.  

Post # 13
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5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

OMG, I just saw this. I get terrible anxiety hives. They started about 2 years ago at a very stressful time, and I’m just praying that when I finish my PhD this spring, they’ll stop. Before I figured out how to prevent them, I would get them all over my body – arms, legs, chest, back, palms, soles of my feet…the itching was the worst thing I have ever physically experienced.

What I discovered is that a combination of ibuprofen and Zyrtec controls them perfectly. If I take 600 mg of ibuprofen twice a day and a Zyrtec once a day, I don’t get hives, no matter how stressed I am.

Post # 14
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@mightywombat:  Doesn’t daily ibuprofen use cause kidney damage?

Post # 16
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5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ananeele:  I actually thought so too. i’ve talked with my doctor and my nurse practitioner about it (on separate occasions) and they didn’t seem to think it was a problem. They said that the main concern was with stomach problems, like gallifrey said, but that if I’m not having any pain or discomfort there, then there’s not really anything to worry about. They said that it made sense that this combination works, since it combines an anti-allergy reaction med with an anti-inflammatory, and hives are basically an allergic reaction characterized by inflammation.

I do actually follow this regimen every day, since as soon as I stop, the hives come back. But my hope is that once I’m done with this extremely stressful period of my life (writing a dissertation), I will be able to stop taking these meds, since I feel like long-term daily use can’t be a good thing.

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