Hi, I’m new here but I have been suffering with cholinergic urticaria for about 18 years. I started noticing my reactions to hot showers while I was pregnant with my 2nd child and it has been getting worse as I get older. I am 41 years old. I don’t like taking meds everyday because I don’t want to become dependant on them.
I try to avoid any kind of strenuous activity that may cause my body to overheat, but some everyday things are impossible to avoid. Hot showers, exercise or even just laying out on the beach have caused severe reactions for me. So benedryl has become my only defense.
I have to take it before I try any kind of physical activity. And it makes me very sleepy so it can pretty much ruin an entire day. I’ve tried Zyrtec but I don’t get the same relief. It makes me upset although I know there could be worse things happening to me, so I’m grateful. But 18 years is a long time. I hope I grow out of it someday.