The following post was submitted by a reader on this site:
My story: I have had heat hives for the past 7 to 8 months, putting the puzzle pieces together. I have suffered from eczema ever since I was 6 months old ( I am 20 years old). When I turned 18 my eczema went from being something I would barely notice from time to time to disease that took over my life.
I tried everything from allergists to all sorts of dermatologists, at one point I ended up seeing a brilliant dermatologist ( whom I miss way too much since I got these heat hives, he would’ve solved this in no time) who put me in a treatment with immunosuppressant (yes they are bad but sometimes necessary). He kept track of the potential side effects every 2 months by having me take rigorous blood tests.
Thanks to those meds I forgot about my eczema for about 1 year until I had to move to another country. I had to abandon my treatment and slowly my eczema took a toll on me again. This year, I was desperate with my eczema and ended up going to a homeopath. He prescribed these seemingly harmless little pills in various doses and a diet.
My eczema improved for about a week and after that everything went to hell. About one week after using the meds, the diet, and the new deodorant, I started having cholinergic urticaria. Its been more than torture–depressing and yes, just torture. I went from going to the gym everyday to not being able to enter a warm room, walk fast, or do anything at all. It would start with the typical hives break out, 20 to 30 minutes of extreme heat and wanting to crawl out of my skin, and then headaches, shaking and a slight feverish feeling.
Ironically, after the breakout passed I would need to warm up because I felt so cold. Out of desperation I ended up consulting with a family doctor, also in the alternative medicine area, showed him the rash and pictures, and he said just by looking at the hives that my skin tone and my story this could be a liver situation. Now along with the eczema Ive had problems with constipation for a while now.
He explained to me that the reason why he never went into homeopathy was because the side effects of those seemingly harmless pills are so unpredictable, too unpredictable. Turns out homeopathy “heals” or tries to heal by cleansing, getting rid of the toxins in the body. Now because of my constant constipation, the toxins I should be eliminating through, well, pooping, ended up in my liver, which is responsible for our metabolism is trying to rid itself of these toxins at all costs.
So it might be that what I’m not getting rid of through regular pooping I might actually be trying to be sweating out of my system, causing this terrible, terrible thing. So im cleansing my organism. Drinking lots of water, ridding myself of junk food in hopes of sweating again. Guys even if this liver/ constipation or any theory doesnt apply to you, keep researching, keep trying!
I refuse to stick to “allergic to heat/exercise” after living my whole life in warm climates and being an athlete. I know from my experience with eczema that every time my skin was more off than usual, it was trying to tell me something ( one time after 11 months of terrible eczema outbreaks the reason turned out to be a small infection, after treatment with antibiotics I was fine!). Simply, I’ve just decided that instead of feeling less fortunate or doomed because of this, I want to feel good about having a rather communicative skin. Our bodies are trying to tell us something through our skin just dont give up on figuring out what it is! Best of luck to all of us from the bottom of my heart!