I have been battling this debilitating condition for the past few months, and it all started a few months after I moved to Texas. I moved to Texas from the island of Jamaica in August 2013, and only 3 months later my Cholinergic Urticaria started.
It started as just an annoying itch on my arms when I went outside, and then developed into me having a near death experience when I even get nervous thinking about a a date. I have been scouring the internet searching for ways to stop this thing, but nothing I tried worked until recently.
I started off trying to eliminate anything new to me since I moved here (a lot), and I eliminated anything that was different from my lifestyle was in Jamaica. I even imported Jamaican food…anyway, back to the topic.
It wasn’t until I was searching the internet one day that I randomly found an article talking about the chemical chloramine which is a mixture of chlorine and ammonia, none of which are good for you. I checked if there was chloramine in the local water system and, lo and behold, it was there. So I took it up upon myself to stop coming in contact with any tap water or any bottled water from municipal water sources.
After a week and a half, my symptoms are starting to clear up. I am not 100% cured or healed, but my symptoms seem to be subsiding. I am in college and I like to be active, but this condition and created a large dent in my ability to do anything physical, even SEX!!
Since I have tried my best to eliminate my contact with local water and chloramine, things have started to clear up. Normally if I went outside on one of these infamously hot 100+ degree texas days, I would instantly start itching, turning red, and have hives all over me (antihistamines were no help in my opinion, they just made it worse the next attack).
Now I am able to walk to school ride my bike at a faster than snail pace. I still get the tingles and a few small bumps on my wrists, but nothing too serious anymore. The downside is it is costing me a lot of money to be bathing the bottled spring water.
So do you think that this is a step forward in the help of treating Cholinergic Urticaria? I did more research and almost every state uses this chemical chloramine. It has even been banned in every European country, and it is not present in water in Jamaica.
From my research, I have found that it reacts with the urea and other chemicals in the sweat somehow.