I’m an 18-year-old boy from Malaysia but currently studying in Australia. I developed hives two years ago when I first came to Melbourne. Luckily, I stumbled upon this forum and started to do some experiments with my hives. So far, I’ve tried a lot of stuff but none of them is a complete cure for my hives. Here is the summary for what I’ve tried:
– I tried the eliminating diet method to find if I am allergy to any type of food which I’m not aware of. Unfortunately, diet is not the cause in my case.
2) Sweat therapy
– I bought an exercise bike at home so I can sweat regularly everyday. It helps to reduce the chance of hives breaking out for a period after you exercise just like everyone else said but is not a complete cure to hives. (Really challenging to sustain the pain and itch for 10 minutes before you actually start to sweat in cold weathers)
– Tried a couple of different brands but never work for me.
4) Skin lotion
– Does not help with the hives.
After all my experiments, here are some clues I found:
1) Sweating is the trigger
– The itch and hives strike when my body wants to sweat. etc exercising, or eating spicy food.
2) The itching occurs in tiny dots all around my body, especially on my head, my face and my back
– This leads me to believe that clogged sweat pores might be a key clue to my hives. The question is what is clogging them and why.
3)Dry skin is not a cause but a negative consequence from the hives
– I used to have super oily skin until I developed hives. Now my skin becomes dry and scaly, further leads me to believe that clogged pores are the reason behind all these, as the ducts fail to moisturize my skin after they are clogged. This is why moisturizing lotion is not helpful at all for CU.
– I notice that my hives are more severe during the Winter season and they temporarily disappear in Summer. However, the Spring is the most painful season with Melbourne’s weather where you can get 10 degree Celsius on one day and 30 degrees on the next day. The alternating between hot and cold temperature is probably an outstanding trigger for hives, since the cold temperature can close my pores.
Pursuing my point on clogged pores, I begin to think that whether my body is producing something that is clogging the pores. As we know that sweat contains waste from our body, maybe it is some unwanted toxic or waste that is clogging the pores. So, I decided to maintain my inner health by taking supplements such as pro-biotic, Vitamin C (as you mentioned), and etc to see if my condition improves.
The clogged pores theory explains why sweating temporarily helps , as we sweat our pores are no longer clogged so the pain and itch disappears. However, the pores are clogged again after we stopped and our body cooled down. (Just a guess)
I really hope that I can find a solution too, because (as we know) it is a pain in the ****. Do mind that everyone has different causes of cholinergic urticaria so keep trying and be patient and strong to find a solution. Always remember that you are not alone in facing these nasty hives. Good luck to everyone!
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