So a year a half ago I started a more intense exercise regime. I am 30 now. A couple of months into exercising I had my first reaction; became very itchy at the end of exercise and it continued for an hour where my body felt like it was on fire and I broke out in hives.
I went to the doctor, who said it was probably from physical stress and not to worry about it. This happens approximately once every month or two, and always happens after exercise. Since I exercise 5 times per week I don’t feel it’s very frequent. One time it happened in the winter when I was sweating in warm clothes while outside, but was not severe.
When I feel the outbreak coming on (through itching and usually a couple of hives around my face or neck) I get into a shower and lay with bare skin until it goes away, usually takes approx. 1 hour. One hour of what I would assume to be similar to living in hell. This evening I was jumping on a trampoline pretty vigorously and it was 25 degrees Celsius outside. I was in the shade though. Within 15 minutes I began feeling very itchy so went in for a cool shower. This time my eyelids and ears were also swollen.
I laid down and when I got up to try to get a drink of water (I thought it may help), I felt extremely dizzy and thought I was going to faint. It was a scary experience. It has been 3 hours since the beginning of the attack and I am still a little hot, ears are still a little swollen, but the itch has been gone for a while. I’m definitely going to the doctor for further testing but I’m pretty sure this is what I have, and I am not into loading up on medications if I don’t have to.
So, I begin on this forum to learn from others who are experienced in dealing with these outbreaks. Since I’ve started reacting to exercise in this way, I have talked to others about it and only one person said that they have an acquaintance that was dealing with the same issues. Any tips or glimpses to hope (I’ve read many articles saying this condition frequently does go away spontaneously). Oh – I have also noticed that since the outbreak tonight my hands are “falling asleep” really fast. Anyways, I’d love to hear any of your stories or opinions/tips, or just to know others are in the same boat, haha.