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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 reg, Community Member, asks

Q: Can anxiety cause a itchy burning rash

I have been very anxious about my husband being deployed with his guard unit to Afghanistan and have noticed on my chest and neck a red, slightly raised, itchy rash that burns whenever you scratch it.  I also have noticed one patch on my leg.  Could this be from the anxiety and if so what can I do to stop it besides not worrying which is not going to happen!?!

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Dr. Diana L Walcutt, Health Guide
1/19/09 6:50pm

Hi Reg;

Two things come to mind. The short answer is, yes, anxiety can cause a rash, or hives. Depending on where you live, winter household heat can make the rash or hives worse, just by adding to the irritation of dry skin.

The first thing I would recommend is that you speak with your doctor about this rash, and have him check it out. It may be something that needs local treatment.

If he says that you are physically ok, consider speaking with a therapist about your anxiety and get some help there. You can find one in your area at www.psychologytoday.com

Hope this helps,

Dr. Diana Walcutt

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dewalt.17, Community Member
5/25/10 4:55am

Hello Reg,

 

I also get itchy or even hives when my anxiety and stress is at a high level.  It usually subsides as I begin to calm down on my own or take anxiety medication. I have been going to therapy for about two yrs. now and I try to take my mind off things with music, or hobbies that at times is difficult to consentrate ,some times it works for me.   My support to you and your husband who serves in the military.

 

Dewalt

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By reg, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 01/14/09