I was referred to Dermatology many years ago following a referral from my GP after months of trying anti-histamines and various other treatments to control my heat hives. After researching online, I self-diagnosed myself with cholinergic urticaria, as the symptoms I experienced were exactly the same as others online. This website helped with my self diagnosis (Thank you Ben).
After my consultation in dermatology, I was discharged, as I was managing with sweat therapy, which included exercising on a daily basis to open up my sweat pores, which seemed to lessen the intensity of the attacks when becoming warm/hot during the day (even though it is excruciating when exercising–please check with doctor before pursuing this). I was offered UV light therapy but wasn’t keen due to the potential side effects.
This condition is very debilitating and has affected my quality of life for almost 12 years. The heat hive attacks, pain, and burning sensation that I experienced on a daily basis is unbearable, especially in winter when I do not sweat regularly.
I have recently found something which has helped my attacks considerably, and I hope this can help other patients suffering from this terrible condition. I’m not great with dermatology but It feels like my skin is dehydrated and dry which seems to clog up my sweat pores, therefore when there is a rise in temperature, my sweat pores cannot secrete sweat and I experience a hive attack.
After researching online, one of the things which was suggested was using coconut oil, and I have been using this on my skin on a daily basis to keep it damp and hydrated. And although it’s only been one week, I haven’t experienced the intense attacks and can sweat normally. This has changed my life considerably. I still use sweat therapy too.
I’m unsure if this is currently used as treatment, but I hope this helps others. The best thing is that it is natural product and so unlikely to have any side effects. I have passed this information on to the Consultant Dermatologist, so hopefully word may get around. I’ve expressed my interest in volunteering in any research as there seems to be very little literature and studies.
Please let me know if anyone requires other information!