I am nineteen and currently a sophomore in college. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I played sports throughout high school, went to the gym everyday, and loved hiking and skiing.
However, since my first outbreak of hives the summer following graduation, I had to alter my life. My first experience with hives came mid workout class where my I began to feel beyond itchy. It wasn’t until my instructor rushed over to me did I notice every inch of my skin was covered in hives. From that day on I would get hives every time I worked out. Finally I just gave up going to the gym all together.
My primary recommended I go to an allergist/auto immune specialist, which made me hopeful for a treatment. I was wrong. However, my specialist turned out to be extremely unhelpful or even caring about my condition.
My appointments would last maybe ten minutes tops, and he spoke to me as if this condition wasn’t effecting my life and did not help me to understand why my body was reacting this way. Each appointment resulted in the same thing: he had me try another over the counter antihistamine, and each time it would not help me.
While living in Belize coast for three months, I was unable to swim. I would get hives just from being outside due to the weather, and I gain extensive weight from the limited food and inability to workout.
When I came home and started college, my mom and I did as much research on our own as we could about possible treatments. After reading an article I decided to try to cut out night shade vegetables (peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, and goji berries). This was around February, and right after, my hives went away! My hives stayed away and I was able to workout, swim, hike, shower, and do the things I loved again until this past October when I woke up at a friends covered in hives.
Here I am almost in February, and they are worse then ever. I still do not eat night shade vegetables, but it does not seem to help. I have tried to go gluten free, dairy free and even did a juice cleanse. My spirit is at an all time low, I am nearly in my 20’s, and I am afraid I am going to miss out on so much because of this condition.
I’m really looking for advice or tips on treatments that could possibly help.