Let us start with a quick introduction. I am a 23-year-old college student attending CSULB full-time and I work about 25-35 hours weekly. I understand the pains and frustrations of dealing with cholinergic urticaria very well. I have dealt with it for about 8 years, on and off. Throughout the years, I have thought about hypothetical remedies on a daily basis. The majority of these “experiments” have failed and I have given up all hope on medication.
During high-school was when the pain was at its highest. I had no idea what was going on with me and I came quickly to the conclusion that it is because of anxiety. Nervousness tended to begin the crazy burning itch and which only the AC seemed to give me relief. My father introduced me to a neurologist and I was given beta-blockers to help me with anxiety. Nope, didn’t work. Neither did the anti-histamines.
Anxiety is something we all have. Additionally fear and nervousness are essential emotions that we deal with on a daily basis. In other words, it is normal. Furthermore, we who deal with cholinergic urticaria have other factors such as weather and temperature levels, stress levels, and the fear of pain we must deal with. Let us be honest, the fear is the absolute worst.
Now this is an effective trick I have tested and continuously use daily. This requires no medication but takes effort. Effort is essential to the path of well-being and most importantly your health. I’ll start with the obvious. As many posts repetitively mention, simply eat healthier. Avoid fast foods and high-sodium foods. Skip the soda etc.
My cholinergic urticaria has been back since February of 2013 and I’ve suffered dearly until March of 2014. In March, I realized that sweating makes me feel a ton better. So for the next step, take out your wallet and sign up for a gym membership. Many gyms come with a dry sauna where one begins to sweat anywhere from 2-7 minutes. Sweating is extremely beneficial to heart and to the mind. Yes, it is painful to bear because of the intense prickling but anywhere from 2-4 minutes, it will be over. From experience, getting a full sweat will improve your day anywhere from 50-90%. I have done this constantly, every morning before school and work. I wake up 2 hours before class or work to sweat! So wake up, sack up, and BEAR WITH THE PAIN. Pain is a reminder that you are alive.
Don’t forget to exercise. I do not struggle with weight issues for I am 5’9 and 138 pounds, however no matter your weight, it is important to exercise. Make full use of the weights and youtube tutorials to fight cholinergic urticaria. Be brave and fight it head on. I personally use the dry sauna before a work out to lessen the severity of prickly sensations.
Get rid of your anxieties. This is easier said then done. Put yourself in situations in the outside world. If you have more free time, spend it outdoors. SPEND MONEY, hang out with a friend, SOCIALIZE. I personally am an introvert and I absolutely force myself to socialize. For those of you working 9-5 shifts, I urge you to think good thoughts. Money is only money and happiness comes from within. Love yourself, your family, and contribute to your community. To those of you who are religious, participate more.
1.) EAT HEALTHIER. AVOID SODIUM
2.) GYM MEMBERSHIP ($$$)
****USE THE DRY SAUNA DAILY (I use it morning and night) VERY IMPORTANT****
EXERCISE. HIT THE WEIGHTS. FIGHT THE PRICKLY PAIN.
3.) DEAL WITH YOUR ANXIETIES. FREE YOURSELF. LOVE.
Readers, please, please use the dry sauna.
I cannot stress the importance of the effects of the dry sauna anymore than I have done.
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You are loved. You are not alone.
This post was submitted by a reader. Always talk to a doctor before beginning or ceasing an exercise program or other treatment.