Stress = Hives

Stress HivesI’m sure other people, who have a nervous disposition, suffer from hives when in stressful situations. I have never considered myself to be of a nervous disposition but last year I discovered that I do get hives in specific situations. The situation is the arrival of my mother.

I love my mother in fact I love both of my parents, but when they came to visit last year I stressed, much. Days before they arrived I was convinced I was being unilaterally targeted by mosquitoes. Huge, itchy bumps formed all over my body and I could not stop scratching (I have the scars to prove it). My parents stayed for a week, which was wonderful (two would have been too long for all of us) and we enjoyed the time together. However, the scratching persisted and the bumps continued to appear.

The day they went home was emotional, while they cried when I left the UK, they had never left me in a foreign country before (from recollections of my behaviour on a trip to Spain when I was three they might have wanted to), and there were tears. The day after their departure every single itchy lump had gone, all that remained were the scabs where I had scratched too hard.

Next week they are coming back and I’m really looking forward to seeing them but… Yep, you guessed it, the hives are returning. The weirdest part is that I’m not all that stressed about it this time. Learned response maybe?

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