My first outbreak:
It’s been around 3-4 weeks since I had my first disgusting stinging sensation (severe itch all over my body) while I was having my food in the university canteen. It was insane and I had to throw off the jacket I was wearing, as it was my first attack I had no idea what was happening to me! And I scratched and scratched. I could see some red patches all over my arms, forearms, and it lasted for about 3-4 minutes and was gone.
Initially I thought it’s because of the dry skin (from the hot showers and cheap shower gel I used -it is winter!), so I bought a more creamier shower bath and usage of moisturizers. IT DID NOT HELP!
And then I started reading about this condition on the internet and finally came to know about cholinergic urticaria, though I have not yet consulted a doctor (maybe I should), but I think it is cholinergic urticaria because the symptoms are similar.
I have not had alcohol since then (I started to like the taste of German beer :P), and try to go sweat out (I’m a bit lazy)- jog or do some strenuous exercise indoor to sweat out, until the point I get the sweat flowing. I have the baddest itch all over my body when my core body temp rises( hands, legs, head, scalp, thighs) and yeah, sweating does help (I think!) as my experience tells- you won’t have frequent attacks in next 24 hours (unless I am again put on the spot/stress!) if you sweat out once in morning.
And I try to keep more calm now (I am a bit short tempered 😛 and try to be in shape by doing few small exercises- pushups etc)
I do have the CU attacks every now and then (when I am not calm/put under stress/core temperature of body rises) and can see small red bumps (size of small blisters) and the severe itch around them, just had one and decided to write about it since they just won’t go away!
My medical History: I do have a bad skin condition history- Very dry skin, Eczema (still have a tiny bit on my left hand- and for that I use Imograf Forte gel/ointment), had a fungal infection around 1 year back (on my back) which was treated properly and never came back again-touchwood 😛
I am beginning to assume that it is my skin due to which I caught this urticaria problem ! (untill I do some more analysis and get the results!)
I read somewhere that the CU (sometimes) goes away after 6 weeks or so…I am writing ’cause I really want to get rid of this thing and would like to know all your suggestions/comments?
I am really trying to get my head around this and try to be more calm, in order to avoid the next outbreak, and this get’s worse when I am around someone I want to talk to (I am a 28 year old regular guy :D) ’cause it is just not possible to try to explain it to the other person until you have passed that itchy-scratchy-red phase, and the moment is lost!!
Do let me know if you want to know more about my condition as I want to learn more and more about it and get this off of my body!
Also, I had one more question: what kind of disease can the cholinergic urticaria be categorised into?
Do let me know your suggestions/comments!