I’ve been reading posts here while suffering in silence for the past 6 months. I’ve spent $1,000+ on supplements, vitamins, remedies, etc. I received no relief from any of them. Like many of you, I break out in hives and my skin burns, like I walked into a cactus with acid needles, any time I get excited, nervous, or exercise, shower, go into a warm room, etc. It’s been horrible and I’ve wanted to cry because I cannot live a normal life.
Fortunately, I went and saw an allergist. The allergist confirmed what I already knew, cholinergic urticaria. She prescribed hydroxyzine, which is an antihistamine that blocks H1 receptors. This slightly worked for the nervousness hives, but none else. Two weeks later, she doubled my dose since it wasn’t working. That made me drowsy while experiencing hives.
Then relief came. I’m going to share this, as I’m surprised that I had an absolutely normal day without any hives or burning skin. However, I’m not promoting this or suggesting that you should try it because everyone’s body is different, and I’m not a medical professional (talk to your doctor to see if it’s safe for you).
Now that’s out the way, fed up with the hydroxyzine double dose drowsiness, I remembered a recent conversation with a brainiac biologist that said that taking hydroxyzine was the wrong route as low H2 blockers are known to spread throughout the body and are more effective. Long story short, I went to the pharmacy and got some Zantac. I didn’t know what to expect, but I had hope.
Well, hope was good to me because today was my first day without any CU effects all day! Tomorrow, I’m going to call my allergist and tell her about it to ensure that she’s okay with me taking both or, if I should just switch to Zantac. I’m tired of drowsiness, burning skin, and hives. I pray that I’ve found a path back to normalcy.
In conclusion, this is my experience. I am in no way promoting this method. Just sharing the information to find out if anyone has had this outcome and also let you know that there is hope. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that Day-2 and so on continue the same trend.