Hi, my name is Justin. My first experience with cholinergic urticaria was back in 2009. I had no idea what it was, like most people. I went to my primary care doctor and I was prescribed Zyrtec. Took the Zyrtec for only a few days and my itching went away completely. In hindsight, I’m pretty sure the itching just went away on its own and had nothing to do with the Zyrtec I was taking.
I went on about life as usual never giving it a second thought. That was until early 2015. The itching returned. This time, much more intensely. I didn’t pay it much mind because I had it before and figured it would go away on its own in a week or so. Well, it did not go away but only continued to get worse.
When the itching started again in early 2015, I would only itch when I was exercising. It progressed to the point where I would itch just being out in the sun, in a hot room, or even just laughing at a joke. After experiencing this for about a month, tiny bumps started showing up all over my body along with the itching. (hives) This went on for over a year. I became a hermit and I was EXTREMELY depressed the entire time.
I then went to see a dermatologist and was prescribed every antihistamine and steroid in the book. Nothing worked. Then I was getting a 2x 150MG shots of omalizumab (Xolair) once a month. I was on the shot for about 7 months with no improvement. At this point I gave up on all medication. I was not feeling any better taking it, so I figured why poison my body with medication.
I came to this site looking for natural remedies and was fortunate enough to find one that was VERY effective. It was as simple as forcing myself to sweat (passively). I first tried exercise (active) but it was too difficult to push through the pain. I then thought, why don’t I just soak in a hot bath? I can just lay there and endure the reaction.
The article I read stated that this method is going to itch very badly and to prepare mentally for it. But that in about 10-15 min, the itching will go away and you’ll stop itching and start sweating like normal. I did it, and praise the Lord, it worked! I was so excited I immediately went outside for a jog. I couldn’t believe it! The hives were really gone! I called everyone I knew and told them the great news.
I am, at the moment, 7 weeks hives free. My life is back to normal and I have a great and new appreciation for the simple things in life. I will be attending a family reunion at the beach in August, and I am so excited to soak in some rays! I was definitely a hard case. My hives were very stubborn. If you, like me, have tried a bunch of different medications with no success, then hopefully this method will work for you. As always, talk to a doctor before trying sweat therapy.