I am an ultra runner (I run anything over 26.2 miles – a marathon) who suddenly has mild hives showing up on my arms (2 weeks now, and diagnosed one week ago), and if I rub my under my eye to remove my sweat, I have get burn marks from where I rubbed (seems like dermatographia).
I have researched a lot about this, and I realize that my case is extremely mild. My right arm just looks like goosebumps a little. Long story short, I am not taking any medicine except for Singulair and plan on staying that way until it is absolutely necessary.
Needless to say I am scared to death that this will change my whole athletic life. I take running extremely seriously, I cannot stop – it is part of who I am. I still run daily with lifting too.
So, my question: if I run outside now, in the winter, and then enter into a warm car or home is this dangerous? Should I wear Vaseline or something on my face for moisture or does this block pores and cause hives on my face? It seems from what I read that winter time is more unbearable for those with heat hives due to the core body temperature’s extreme fluctuation from cold to hot.
Should my runs stay inside during the winter? I run on trails in the woods and want to make sure I am safe. I do not have anaphylaxis – but am I allowed to continue running if I get hives (goosebumps) on my arms and under my eyes? I do.
Thank you so much everyone!