I need help, but first I’ll provide some background history about my situation. I’ve been recently diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria. I work out religiously; however, when I work out, get stressed, or feel anxiety, I get a stinging itchy feeling all over, starting from my back then spreading throughout my body.
It completely shuts me down. However, I don’t breakout with the typical welts from hives. I can tolerate hot showers, putting on a warm sweater, blankets, but I get itchy while sitting in a sauna or steam room.
I don’t know if this part matters at all about my condition, but I’ll mention it anyway. I’m originally from Hawaii, grew up there, lived there for 29 years. I recently moved to Santa Clara, CA. The weather in Hawaii, is always warm, its humid, and I sweat all the time there.
When I moved to California, the weather is dry and cooler. I don’t sweat anymore. About 7 weeks ago from today (4/1/17), I went back to Hawaii to visit, spent all my time on the beach, getting tanned and sun burned. My skin started to peel (as expected). When I came back to California and started to work out again, I would get itchy all over.
I initially assumed it was my dry, flaky skin. When my skin stopped peeling and wasn’t dry anymore, the itchiness continued so I saw an allergist.
The allergist said I have cholinergic urticaria and has me taking antihistamines. I currently take 4 pills of Zyrtec a day, along with 2 pills of Zantac, and 1 pill of Singulair. I’ve done this for 3 weeks with no change in my symptoms.
So he got me on the Xolair shot. I just had my first Xolair shot and again no changes to my symptoms. I still get itchy all over, and its FRUSTRATING.
If anyone has any advice, a similar story to mine, can you please help?