Hello, I’m a 16-year-old girl who lives in California. It gets very hot where I live. Before I developed cholinergic urticaria, I used to take hot showers, and the only thing that happened was that my knees got very splotchy red, but I never thought about it.
Suddenly, after I had an allergic reaction with a fabric softener, CU began to creep up on my life. I’ve always been very fit, I always did sports out in the sun, like lifeguarding and track. This past year I haven’t been as on top of it. During the winter I noticed I would get these red splotches when I was running miles in school. I got itchy, but I just brushed it off.
I took a trip to my dermatologist for other skin problems, but I asked him, and he told me to go on anti-histamine pills. I used to be able to control it with a Zyrtec, one pill in the morning, and I was ready for the whole day. I believe my cholinergic urticaria is temperature related, since it was very easy to control in the winter when it was cold. It’s heated up, and suddenly the start of June my cholinergic urticaria got pretty bad, for me.
In no way is my CU unbearable. I don’t get welts. I only deal with lots of red splotches on my skin. They don’t itch, but they do sting very slightly. The main problem is visually – it’s all over my neck, arms, leg, stomach. Originally I noticed CU only on my stomach. Also my splotches used to be very widespread, but now they’ve formed in clusters, specially on my arms a lot more, huh.
Does anyone else get CU on their arms too? As I’ve let myself gain more fat, and lived a more sedentary lifestyle, it began to spread across more of my body, and worsen in terms of number of CU. Is this normal? Has anyone with CU dealt with this also?
I’ve read online that my cholinergic urticaria could be caused by weight gain and diet/hormonal changes? I’m not certain, but that’s just my conclusion. I’ve read only that it may be due to stomach fat [ sorry I forgot the term ], and I have gained allot more weight there, as opposed to a year ago.
Also, being 16 there’s a lot of hormonal aspects going on in my body. I’ve written this post to share my journey of CU, and if I can get rid of it. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking of my diet. I’m going to try calorie counting. Also I’ll be cutting all dairy and wheat, along with high amounts of sodium and sugar.
I will not be cutting out meats. I actually don’t eat red meat already, but I do enjoy a hamburger once or twice a year. I’m hopeful that this CU will go away. It used to never bother me, and I believe that I could very easily kick its butt. I’ve read online that many have it worse than me, and that is why I’m going to do my best to check and make sure it doesn’t ever get that bad.
I’m going to start an exercise routine that involves stretching, running, and home workouts. I’m also starting sports soon, so if my CU gets better I will update this! I’m very thankful for this forum, I thought I was the only person in the world with this condition. I thought I would die from it [I know, silly, I was 15].
Now reading many forums on this site has led me to be more hopeful, and without this forum I would never know where to start. Thanks for reading this, and if someone is also in the same situation as me then I hope you the best of luck in your journey as well!