I am a 21-year-old male who has been fighting this condition ever since I stopped playing intense sessions of basketball daily at the age of 18. I am glad to be sharing you my method with the hopes that it can help other sufferers.
I have been doing experiments weekly to see how I can reduce the pain/redness of an attack.
As most of you already know, working out daily and breaking a sweat keeps the hives at bay for around 24 hours for some of us suffering with cholinergic urticaria (could be less if your diet is full of salt and processed junk).
Anyway, most of you, like myself, probably don’t have time to exercise daily or can’t break a sweat without going through extreme pain. Therefore, I am going to show you a method that I use daily and has been working for me for around a month since first trying it. The method takes around 5-10 mins and it works best first thing in the morning so that I can get relief throughout the day. For even better results, I combine this method with intermittent fasting (Google it, its also very healthy for your body). You don’t need any equipment for this. However, you always need to talk to a doctor before attempting to exercise or fast, as it may not be safe for everyone (especially those with anaphylaxis).
The method I use:
Step 1: I wake up in the morning, and I don’t take a shower just yet! I wear as much clothes as possible. I wear my thick pajamas, with a thick robe (with a hoodie), and a pair of socks. The more clothes the better!
Note: The trick is that I get myself as warm as possible. The warmer I make my body, the less painful it is.
Step 2: I pick a room and close all windows and the door, turn off the air conditioning/fan. I basically turn off anything that is cooling the room down. If I have time, I blast the heater and heat up the room as much as I can.
By this point, I’m dressed with a good thick layer of clothing and nothing is cooling my body/room down. I sometimes start to feel an attack coming (pricking sensation), and to stop it from getting more painful, I do the next step quickly. I don’t check my Facebook and email just yet or else I will experience a full-blown attack, which we all know sucks bad.
Step 3. Here comes the magic method. I get into the push up position (If you can’t do push ups, then I suggest doing knee push ups until you are strong enough to do normal push ups.)
The key is that I start doing push ups as SLOWLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN ON THE WAY DOWN. Doing them quickly will not show the results I want. I go down SLOWLY (it takes me 4-5 seconds to get the bottom position). Once I get to the bottom position, I hold for a few seconds and explode back up as fast as I can, and repeat for as many times as you can. I’m going to tell you again because its extremely important: WHEN I PERFORMING THE PUSH UPS, I GO DOWN AS SLOW AS I POSSIBLY CAN.
Here is a video that shows how it should be done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snCvJkrnI6M
After the first push up, I will feel blood pumping all over my body, and my face will become RED. After the second, my body temperature will go up even more, I will feel very hot, BUT very little prickly pain from the hives.
After 3 or 4 push ups from the method above, my face will be red, blood will be flowing throughout my body. I begin feeling very hot but once again no significant pain.
I do as many as I possibly can in my first set. I consider myself fit, so I can do about 10 (on a good day).
When I take a look at the mirror, I feel hot and my face is usually red. I swipe my palm across my forehead, and if I feel a little moisture (sweat) then that’s it–I’m done! I can have relief for the whole day, not having to worry about an attack. However, I need to do around 3 sets of as much as I can before I feel sweat on my forehead. And believe me, I can barely sweat, so 3 sets is usually all it takes.
Notice how during the sets of these SLOW push-ups, I barely felt any pain whatsoever. I believe because of how rapidly I raised my body temperature and got blood flowing to near my skin so quickly that the ‘attack’ was either skipped completely or went by so fast that I didn’t even notice.
Now its reward time.
I treat myself with a nice hot shower, and I don’t worry about an attack in the shower. In fact, the shower actually further helps me sweat, which is a bonus.
After the shower, I dress up in whatever I want to get ymy pain-free day started.
Optimal: I actually wear thermal pants or leggings (yes you can also get mens) under my jeans. This actually keeps my body temperature elevated through the day which keeps the attack away for the whole day, and it allow me to sweat like a normal person would. Although you don’t need to do this if you don’t want to. I just like to do it.
Before commenting saying this doesn’t work, please try it exactly as I told you in the steps above, then comment below and I will try to help as much as I can. And always talk to a doctor before attempting any exercise, as exercise is not safe for those with anaphylaxis.
Thanks and good luck,