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What does a stress rash usually look like?

What does a stress rash usually look like?

Variable: Skin rashes from stress can come in any form. If you suspect this is the case, see your dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How does rash caused by stress look like?

Depends: Stress affects the body in many ways. On the skin, some may have outright itchy welts, other just small red itchy bumps (cholinergic urticaria). The appearance may be greatly altered by scratching. ...Read more

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Can rashes be stress induced?

Can rashes be stress induced?

Sometimes: If there is a clear relationship between experiencing a stressful situation and the onset of the rash, and it keeps happening this way, then the rash is clearly stress-induced. But rashes come and go for many reasons, and your doctor can help you evaluate what is going on. Rashes, and other illnesses, worsen with stress, though stress may not be the primary problem. ...Read more

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I get really bad stress rashes and I need to know how to get rid of it asap please I need a remedy?

I get really bad stress rashes and I need to know how to get rid of it asap please I need a remedy?

Can't make diagnosis: Unfortunately, with the limited descriptioin you have given, it is impossible to make a diagnosis or recommend a therapy. Many skin conditions, while not caused by stress, are aggravated by it. You need to see a dermatologist to make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why do I have dry skin, weird rashes, tiredness and stress?

Why do I have dry skin, weird rashes, tiredness and stress?

Rule out low thryoid: You should see a doctor to have your thyroid checked and find out what the rash is. If s/he thinks you are depressed or nervous, s/he may treat you or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist depending on the severity of the situation. Most psych conditions, even if brought on by a physical problem, respond best to a combination of therapy and medications, especially medications if severe. ...Read more

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I've had severe allergic reactions to nuclear stress tests in the past (rashes), and I am scheduled to have a Hida Scan. Should I cancel it?

I've had severe allergic reactions to nuclear stress tests in the past (rashes), and I am scheduled to have a Hida Scan. Should I cancel it?

No: The nuclear medicine doctor who will conduct the test will take a history first, and either use a different material or refers you to an allergist for an advice on wether you need a premedication before the study ...Read more

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I have these circle like paches-rashes that apear near my right elbow from time to time. Doc wrote it of as "stress" without any tests. Problem?

I have these circle like paches-rashes that apear near my right elbow from time to time. Doc wrote it of as "stress" without any tests. Problem?

Erythema multiforme?: This may be localized erythema multiforme secondary to recurrent herpes infection. A skin biopsy and blood test can confirm diagnosis. Treatment with oral antivirals could treat and prevent rash. ...Read more

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I get big red itchy rashes all over my chest and arms but their not bites, is it possible that im getting it from stress?

I get big red itchy rashes all over my chest and arms but their not bites, is it possible that im getting it from stress?

Possible, but: It's possible for stress to lead to hives, etc. It's also possible for dyes in clothing and/or laundry detergents to cause this; so can using a new soap or other product on yourself. You may want to see your physician if this is happening frequently. ...Read more

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Almost a year ago. I got these 2 itchy red rashes on the back of my legs. My doctor said it could be from stress. What could be the cause of it?

Almost a year ago. I got these 2 itchy red rashes on the back of my legs. My doctor said it could be from stress. What could be the cause of it?

RED ITCHY RASHES: SORRY, STRESS WILL NOT CAUSE THESE.
THINK OF INSECT BITES, MEDICATIONS, POISON IVY, ETC
DO YOU HAVE A CAT OR A DOG?
HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN THERE? ...Read more

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Gave birth in a "birthing center". During labor, I saw my hands full of rashes. After deliver, nurse said "you're having allergies if your stress"?

Gave birth in a "birthing center". During labor, I saw my hands full of rashes. After deliver, nurse said "you're having allergies if your stress"?

Stress can absolute: -ly cause rashes. But the fact that it was only on your hands suggests to me either you had an exacerbation of an underlying hand eczema which could certainly be initiated by stress, or you were exposed to something in the center that caused a contact dermatitis or also exacerbation of underlying hand eczema. See derm for absolute answers. For now use thick ointments like aquaphor to protect hands ...Read more

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I've suffered with high stress and anxiety for a year. In the morning I experience warm rashes on my abdomen, constant rib pain with fast heart rate.

I've suffered with high stress and anxiety for a year. In the morning I experience warm rashes on my abdomen, constant rib pain with fast heart rate.

Anxiety disorders: Are very treatable by a mental health professional. Please do what your doctor says and take any medicine he/she provides but do not limit your help to that. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have been full of stress for the last 6 months with an undiagnosed problem-, yesterday had a dermitius rash on arms and stomach- can rashes come from stress it did not itch but was warm to touch?

I have been full of stress for the last 6 months with an undiagnosed problem-, yesterday had a dermitius rash on arms and stomach- can rashes come from stress it did not itch but was warm to touch?

Yes: Stress is a classic cause of rashes. It has the sound of hives, but with no itch, it is difficult to truly give you an answer. Simply follow the rash and if it progresses, then a doctor needs to look at it. ...Read more

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How to stop a stress rash?

How to stop a stress rash?

See a dermatologist: First get a diagnosis. "stress rash" is not a diagnosis. Homeopathy ; acupressure are a waste of money ; time. ...Read more

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How long can a stress rash last and where does it generally start?

How long can a stress rash last and where does it generally start?

Rash: A rash should be examined. What may be observed as a stress rash might actually be something else. Or you could upload a picture of your rash. ...Read more

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I have a really weird rash on my legs. Does stress cause this?

I have a really weird rash on my legs. Does stress cause this?

This would require: A medical history and physical examination of the rash on your legs to determine the type of rash. Some rashes can be related to stress but yours would need to be evaluated to answer that question. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my legs and seems to be spreading is this caused by stress and how should I treat it?

I have a rash on my legs and seems to be spreading is this caused by stress and how should I treat it?

Rash: Yes it could be caused by stress especially if the rash is hives.
In general the most common rash I seen on the lower legs of women is an itchy rash from shaving.
See a dermatologist for more details about your problem because likely you need prescription medications if it is from "stress". ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease be in your body and only manifest a small rash when under stress?

Lyme Disease: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite.This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease.However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of lyme disease. ...Read more

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I have a rash but I'm not sure what kind it is? I've been extremely stressed out for the past few days. I woke up one morning and I had this rash on my shoulder. Its a been 2 days and I think its spreading up my neck a little bit. I don't know if it's my

For: For the itching you can try oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. However, if the rash persists you should have your doctor take a look. Otherwise consider possible allergens, new soaps, lotions, detergents, jewelry, etc. Hives from a stressful situation usually resolve pretty quickly, so if the rash resolved maybe this was the cause.
All the best. ...Read more

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Everytime I get stressed out, I get an itchy rash on my face?

Everytime I get stressed out, I get an itchy rash on my face?

Histamine release: Stress can be one factor in producing hives with non allergic histamine release. If necessary have non tiring antihistamine available. Also learn coping mechanism such as deep breathing, guided imagery, or biofeedback to relax when you are feeling stressed. ...Read more

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I have a condition don't really now may be emphyisema or stress but been with me for almost a decade use to be very bad when started used taro cream for a while ran out its on my inner thihg by groin area on both sides like a rash in contained a lot alot

I have a condition don't really now may be emphyisema or stress but been with me for almost a decade use to be very bad when started used taro cream for a while ran out its on my inner thihg by groin area on both sides like a rash in contained a lot alot

Emphysema: Emphysema is a lung disease most commonly associated with smoking.

What you're describing sounds like a yeast infection. This can occur in the folds of the skin, especially in overweight individuals. The key to addressing it in most cases is to keep the area dry and, if necessary, to use an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray. However, it sounds like you may now have a secondary bacterial infection, which will probably not be treatable without some help from a doctor. ...Read more

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Have scalp sores for years, now have pain in left jaw, rash on both ankles, dr says it is stress. I feel like something is wrong dr will do nothing?

See a dermatologist: Sometimes people have compulsive picking at skin as part of an anxiety disorder. A dermatologist will help manage the skin lesions. A psychiatrist (behavior therapy, meds) will help you deal with depression, anxiety, etc. People with normal diets need not waste money on ascorbic acid. ...Read more

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I have a red, very itchy rash under my chest hair and in my pubic hair. Comes and goes, potentially seems stress related. Rash looks like speckles.

I have a red, very itchy rash under my chest hair and in my pubic hair. Comes and goes, potentially seems stress related. Rash looks like speckles.

See a dermatologist: It is often related to a fungal infection of the skin and can be easily treated. See a dermatologist. Do not use kenalog (triamcinolone) without a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more