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Saturday, December 06, 2008 casey, Community Member, asks

Q: Can anxiety and stress cause hives?

I get hives every day. Someone told me they can be caused by stress and anxiety. Is that true? And if it is, why doesn't my medication make them go away?

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1/12/09 8:15pm

Casey - If you haven't seen a dermatologist please do so. There may be other things going on that need to be addressed that have nothing to do with anxiety. If they are related to your anxiety it's hard to say why your medications aren't making them go away without knowing what you are taking and how well they control your anxiety.


Rick Wirtz


Rick Wirtz is a Psychologist, not a psychiatrist or medical doctor. Although the majority of Psychologists are not authorized to prescribe medications or give you specific advice about them, they typically have experience working with patients who take a variety of medications. The response above is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own physician.

bjm, Community Member
10/ 2/11 3:49pm

Some people (like myself) have a factor in the blood that predisposed them to outbreaks of hives.  Anxiety may be a trigger, but not the cause.


Sometimes hives just go away by themselves, and other than that, all you can do is treat the symptons with antihistamines and topical creams to help the itching.

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By casey, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/30/14, First Published: 12/06/08