Can having a virus or cold make cholinergic urticaria worse?
I am a 20-year-old male that has been suffering with cholinergic urticaria for 2 years now. I have been a runner all my life. I am currently in college on scholarship running cross-country. Every time I go to practice, step on the line, or even go to take a stressful exam, I break out in those itchy painful burning hives we all know. They are painful and itch unbearably at the same time.
It’s hard having this and still knowing I have to deal with it if I want to stay in school.
This past summer I went to the beach and stayed a week. After the week was up, I noticed that my cholinergic urticaria did not bother me anymore, or was A LOT less painful and the symptoms did not show as bad. I even completely stopped my antihistamine dosage. It stayed gone for about three months, and let me tell you, those three months were amazing. Now I have some type of cold/virus that has me sick and with a fever and now my CU is back and with a vengeance. It hurts worse than ever.
I just had to take a cold shower at 12am because just laying in my bed, I broke out. I hope this goes away like the article said in average of 7 years. I do not know how much more of this I can take.
Have any of you experienced heightened symptoms while sick or running a fever?
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