I must start by saying I was overwhelmingly happy to find this site. Pleased just to have a name for my problems with burning hives. I originally started getting the symptoms at 14 while participating in group sports. I was on the track and basketball teams. I quickly stopped participating after becoming too self conscious and too uncomfortable to play. Throughout the years I have tried to start exercising on various occasions and at times can do many activities successfully. Although eventually the hives return and I stop the activity.
I have recently realized that I have had this for 40 years now. I hope this doesn’t discourage anyone but thought I would throw that out there. I stopped consulting doctors after one had me get on a treadmill so he could examine the actual rash. After I was covered in hives he proclaimed it was a mystery and had basically no solution other than to exercise in moderation and take a benadryl, which I agree–most drugs help until the body gets used to it.
I have felt times of relief and the symptoms have subsided and briefly disappeared at times. My symptoms do mostly occur after exercise. Although I also get the same hives when swimming in the ocean or a salt chlorinated swimming pool. I also have had the same type of hives from iodine applied to my skin. The doctors simple say I have an iodine allergy. When I ask further questions their eyes go blank as the many other doctors I have tried to explain my hives too. I have often thought it is related to salt because of these similarities in incidents.
I don’t add much salt to my diet and don’t eat packaged or canned foods. I thought I had semi-cured myself but it is back and worse than ever 40 years later. Has anyone experienced salt water, or iodine reactions in addition to heat/exercise induced hives? I do plan on researching a diet that will work as I still do believe that diet is at least one of the contributors to the problem. I also think the diet diary is a good idea as I must be missing something in my diet causing issues. I purchased the book from this site with hopes.
I apologize if this isn’t too long of an entry but I also want to point out that one of my sons also started having similar reactions to exercising when he was 17. I simply told him it was an inherited infliction and he should get used to it. I actually did tell him all my trials and errors and what I felt makes it better. He didn’t listen and consulted a doctor through the sports program at his school. This doctor said to take benadryl and a zantac every day. The doctor claimed that the combination would make it better.
I was horrified that a doctor would tell a young boy with hives to take a drug for stomach problems every day. Although even with my arguments my son continued to take this combination for about a year. He has had complete relief for 5 years now and doesn’t take these drugs anymore. Has anyone else been prescribed this combination of over the counter drugs? If so, did it help?
I have taken benadryl on occasions without any lasting results but never in combination with Zantac. I have never really been a fan of taking drugs to fix a problem. It always seems like a temporary solution that masks the true problem. Although at 54 I don’t know if I care anymore, as long as I get some relief.
Thanks if you actually read all of that!