Hi all! I recently developed cholinergic urticaria over this past summer and have been keeping up with this forum in the hopes that I could find a solution to this annoying disorder.
I’ve begun wondering if my cholinergic urticaria is possibly linked to my anxiety disorder and stress. I suffer from a general anxiety disorder (currently in the process of figuring out the correct treatment path for me) and am basically anxious every moment of every day. I don’t only break out in hives when I become overheated, but I’ve noticed that I will also get red splotches and begin to itch on certain areas of my body when I am under especially intense stress or have an anxiety attack. Furthermore, I have a hunch that my cholinergic urticaria stems from something internal (like excessive histamine levels) because antihistamines quickly make my hives go away and prevent them from occurring during workouts.
I’ve read online that anxiety and stress causes your body to release excessive amounts of histamine, and antihistamines can sometimes be taken to make you feel less anxious. Stress can also lead to a weakened immune response, so I’m beginning to think that the cholinergic urticaria and the anxiety disorder might be related. I’ve suffered from intense anxiety for years, which doesn’t quite explain why I just recently developed CU. It might have developed, though, from my body and brain being overstimulated for so long. (I’ve noticed that a lot of you on here have stated that your hives get even worse when you’re stressed.)
I am currently in the process of getting my anxiety under control, so these are just thoughts and I will follow up later when my anxiety disorder begins to improve. However, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you all since this forum has been a great help to me over the past 7 months.
-Forum Member (anonymous)