How is stress related to hives

Is it true that hives and stress are correlated? If it is so how????
Thanks.

Stress can cause everything from headaches, stomach problems, insomnia, and stress rashes (yes, hives!). Stress can affect our bodies in many ways and the skin is an especially vulnerable area. In the event of an existing rash due to another cause such as an allergy or bacterial infection, stress can also make things worse, as it weakens your immune system, therefore preventing your body from healing properly. Excessive worry can wreak havoc on our immune systems.

A rash due to stress is common but it's also important to diagnose it to make sure it is not really due to: an infection, excessive sweating, an insect bite, poisonous plant or allergic reaction.

This isn't something you should take lightly. Hives are just a visible sign of an underlying issue.
There are a variety of possible causes for hives, and the fact that your horse has breathing impairment is of considerable concern. You need to have him medically evaluated asap. If exposure to an allergen is the cause, a serious anaphylactic reaction may occur on subsequent exposure to the allergen, with a number of effects including spasms of the airway which obstructs breathing and can be deadly.

Antihistamines are not the appropriate treatment for hives in many cases, and sometimes epinephrine or corticosteroids are required. The vet should examine your horse before any treatments are attempted. Finding the cause helps to direct treatment, but isn't always easy. You should be sure you have a thorough history from the prior owner as to details about the onset and treatment of any prior episodes. You should read the veterinary article I'm posting, and go from there.

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My horse once broke out. My vet said it was contact hives. Did he rub up against something or did you add a new feed or try a new spray on him? My vet reccomended bathing him to help relive it. It worked, we threw out the fly spray and he hasn't broken out since.

Hope this helps!

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From Wikipedia
Stress and chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives)
Chronic idiopathic urticaria has been anecdotally linked to stress since the 1940s[1]. There is a large body of evidence demonstrating an association between this condition and both poor emotional well-being[2] and reduced health related quality of life[3]. More recent research has investigated hypotheses about stress as a causal factor in triggering the condition. Evidence has been found for a link between stressful life events (e.g. bereavement, divorce etc...)[4] and preliminary evidence has been reported for a link between posttraumatic stress and chronic idiopathic urticaria[5]. Less is known about the individual experiences and characteristics of people who develop chronic idiopathic urticaria following stress. Research into these factors in the relationship between stress and chronic idiopathic urticaria is ongoing by a number of researchers, including an online project[6] currently being undertaken by researchers at the University of Plymouth [6].

Hives are skin allergic reactions that appear as raised skin welts and bumps that also resemble mosquito bites. Well, the actual cause of hives remains uncertain in most of the cases but according to some recent studies the onsets of hives can be triggered by stress.

Especially in chronic hives cases you will see that stress can be a major factor. when somebody in stress the body releases some special hormones which reacts with histamine to cause allergic reactions like hives.

For more information on Hives and stress, hives treatment, etc try the below link

Can Stress Cause Hives

Allergic urticaria is caused by a defect in the immune system (like all allergies). The immune system (like other body symptoms) is affected by stress. The poorly functioning immune system is further hampered when the body is stressed.
Whether you are stressed or not, the key to controlling your allergy symptoms is controlling your exposure. If you are allergic to dust mites then get the special allergy bedding, wash sheets weekly with De-Mite, and make sure you eat properly, get plenty of rest, and drink lots of water. If you are allergic to pollens, then stay inside when pollen counts are high as well as on dry and windy days. When you do come in, shower and change clothes to keep from spreading the allergen in your house. Still eat well, rest, and stay hydrated. In many instances you may want an air cleaner in your room. I will give you lots of links to read about allergies.

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Hives

Hives are patches of swelling that can vary in size and can occur anywhere on a horse's body, but most commonly occur on the neck, the sides and the upper areas of the legs. Hives can cause itching and make a horse very uncomfortable. Determining the causes of hives on horses requires a careful assessment of a horse's activities and exposures to things in the environment that can cause an allergic reaction, resulting in hives.

Diet
To determine if diet causes hives on horses, a veterinarian will take a medical history from the horse's owner, detailing what types of commercial feed, hay and nutritional supplements that the horse is consuming, as well as the type of pasture grass that the horse is grazing on. If the medical history doesn't reveal a cause, horses can be put on an elimination diet, which begins with one protein source and one carbohydrate source to which horses have not been previously exposed. If high-quality pasture grass is available, other sources of food can be stopped, and if the horse's condition improves during the diet period, pasture grass can be eliminated as the source of the hives. Horses that do not show improvement in four to six weeks should not be allowed access to pasture grass for another six weeks, and should be introduced gradually to new foods.

Atopy
Another cause of hives on horses, especially Arabian and thoroughbred horses, is an allergic disease called atopy. Thoroughbred and Arabian horses have a genetic predisposition to this disease, which usually presents by age 4, and also appears in older horses after a move to a new environment and exposure to allergens. Allergies can be seasonal, such as pollens, molds, grasses or trees. Horses may also be allergic to material in saddle pads or horse blankets.

Insect Bites
A common cause of hives on horses in the spring and summer is insect biters; flies and mosquitoes are the most frequent offenders. Swelling can also result if horses are bitten on the midline, which is under the belly; the udder; or the front skin covering the penis. To keep from attracting insects to the barn area, the owner should maintain clean stalls and locate the manure pile far away from the barn area. Horses should stay indoors during peak insect hours, such as dusk and dawn.

Hives are a sudden skin rash. Usually a result of an allergic reaction your body had, usually to food, medication, your environment and sometimes even stress.

Allergic reactions are basically your body's version of friendly fire, your body is defending itself against a non-enemy. Your body's weapon of choice for this battle is histamines.

Your body releases histamines in order to fight against what it thinks is the enemy. When your body over reacts and too many histamines build up in one spot you end up with what's known as hives.

Hives usually spread around the torso, upper thighs, and arms. It's very rare to have hives appear around the head or neck area.

Some things you will want to do to start getting relief from the discomfort of hives are:

* Avoid scratching the affected areas - although it can drive you crazy, scratching your hives will only make it worse.
* Stay away from alcohol
* Avoid tight fitting clothing - the pressure on the skin will just intensify the urge to scratch
* If the affected area is only in one small area you can apply ice wrapped in a towel to the area to relieve the discomfort.
* Taking cool showers or baths will also help with the itching
* Take an antihistamine to relieve the itching and eventually reduce the swelling

Typically, antihistamines such as Benadryl are taken to treat allergic reactions. The problem with using products like Benadryl is that they also include some not so pleasant side effects.

In this case the side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, coordination problems, heartburn, insomnia, tremor, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, and dry cough and others.

I think you will find the natural or homeopathic alternatives to be more favorable since they go to work without causing drowsiness or any of the other negative side effects.

Often times nature has a fix for the ailments we have, the problem is we've been trained to believe that they don't work.

Call your vet and ask him he should tell you what you can give your horse for it thats what i do i never have to take my boyz in cuz he just tells me what to give them and i go to walmart or tsc and get it... Good luck