If you are suffering from anxiety, you may be interested to know what anxiety hives look like. Hives also referred to as Urticaria, is a common skin disorder that can develop in reaction to certain triggers.
What Do Anxiety Hives Look Like?
Anxiety hives are usually red or pink, and they can be itchy or painful. They’re usually round, but they can also be irregular in shape. You may find them on your chest or back, but they can also appear on your arms and face.
If you’re experiencing anxiety hives, it’s not just a physical reaction to stress it’s a form of anxiety disorder. Hives are a type of skin inflammation that can occur in response to allergic reactions, infections, or emotional distress (like anxiety). When you have allergies or infection and your body releases histamine as part of its immune system response, this causes your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible under your skin.
The same thing happens when you experience stress and anxiety: your body releases adrenaline and other hormones that cause blood vessels all over the body to expand and become more visible under the skin. Anxiety hives typically appear on your arms, legs, neck, and face anywhere there is enough room for histamine-releasing cells called mast cells to gather together into groups called wheals or weals.
Anxiety hives are usually red and raised, and occur on the skin. They can be itchy or painful, but they’re not contagious and aren’t caused by an allergic reaction.
There are several different types of anxiety hives:
- Situational hives
- Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)
- Acute hives
Anxiety hives are often mistaken for insect bites or other skin conditions like eczema or dermatitis. Doctors aren’t sure what causes anxiety hives, but they think that anxiety may cause the body to release histamine or other chemicals that make the skin become inflamed. This can cause an allergic reaction that leads to a hive, which is a swollen area of skin with a hard bump under it.
The good news is that anxiety hives tend to go away on their own within a few days or weeks even if you don’t take any medicine for them.