It has been a little while since I updated the blog, and I just wanted to talk about a few things I have done the past few days.
First of all, we had a nice shot of sunny & warm weather where I live (highs were in the mid 70’s). It was like this for about 5 days in a row (including today).
Each day, I was able to get at least 30 minutes of sun exposure. I actually even got a little bit of a tan on my face, arms, neck, and legs. Also, I was very cautious to avoid sunburn, and didn’t even get the slightest burn or redness.
It felt great being able to get outside, and I enjoyed myself quite a bit. Of course, I did still get the hives when I got hot on those days (which surprisingly took a while of being outside). As I have mentioned a few times before, if sunlight does help Cholinergic Urticaria, it certainly won’t do it the first few times. It will likely take consistent daily outdoor activity for at least a few weeks, possibly even a month or two.
After being outside for 5 days, I can still get itchy. I do seem to be a little bit less reactive though. It is not a huge difference (as I said, I still get itchy).
I am still optimistic about the coming summer, and I really hope I can get sweaty, and completely see the hives go into remission (at least for the summer).
I suppose time will tell if the Urticaria (Cholinergic) will be improved by consistent sweating & sunlight/outdoor activity. I am really excited to find out what the next 3-5 months will bring. Unfortunately, the weather we have been experiencing is going away. It is now supposed to rain for the next few days, and then will cool down a bit. But Spring is only a few days away, and summer is around the corner. I can’t wait!
That’s it for now!
UPDATE: 1/21/13 This is an old archived post, and I have made more recent posts regarding my new diet and how I was able to finally get my hives under control. Read more about it on my cholinergic urticaria diet page. What I essentially did was keep a journal and do several allergy elimination diets.