Why Am I Experiencing Stress Symptoms? Expert Advice!

Why Am I Experiencing Stress Symptoms? Expert Advice!
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm writing to seek your guidance regarding a recurring issue I've been experiencing. Whenever I find myself in a state of anxiety or stress, or when tension suddenly grips me, my entire body begins to feel intensely hot, accompanied by a persistent itching sensation, particularly in my hair. Additionally, I notice that my body starts sweating profusely within a matter of seconds. Could you shed some light on what might be causing these symptoms?


Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Based on the detailed description provided, it appears that you may be encountering a psychophysiological reaction—an innate physical response triggered by stress or anxiety.


Such reactions can manifest in various forms, including heightened body temperature, itching sensations, and excessive sweating. When stress or anxiety is encountered, the body initiates the release of stress hormones, which serve to prepare it to confront perceived threats—a phenomenon commonly referred to as the "fight or flight" response. This biological process often induces physical reactions akin to those you've described.


It's important to note that stress-induced reactions are not limited to these manifestations alone. Certain skin conditions, such as urticaria (commonly known as hives) or dermatitis, may also be exacerbated by stress, leading to itching sensations. Moreover, hyperhidrosis, characterized by excessive sweating, can also be attributed to stress or may signify an underlying medical condition.


Given the multifaceted nature of your symptoms, I strongly advise scheduling an in-person consultation at your earliest convenience. Doing so will afford us the opportunity to conduct a thorough examination, delve deeper into the specifics of your symptoms, and devise a tailored treatment plan tailored to your needs.


In the interim, maintaining a symptom diary could prove beneficial. Documenting the timing, severity, and potential triggers of your symptoms can provide valuable insights that aid in our understanding and management of your condition.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to my office to schedule your appointment. We are committed to extending our support and expertise to assist you in addressing and alleviating your concerns effectively.



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