This blog has been so helpful in my cholinergic urticaria adventure. I have never been officially diagnosed with “CU”, but it matches up with just about everything I have read on the internet. I started getting itchy all over and developing little red welps all over my body about 6 weeks ago.
Ever since that day, any time I would overheat, wear tight clothing, get angry, or laugh the welps would return, accompanied with the feeling of being bitten by thousands of fire ants. It is a terrible feeling. The past few days have been much better.
I have tried everything under the sun to keep the hives at bay. I have been popping antihistamines (Benadryl and Zyrtec) like candy. I washed my bedding in Arm&Hammer detergent meant for sensitive skin, changed shampoos, moisturized daily with Dove soap and Vaseline lotion, drank countless bottles of water, and tried to cut back on junk food.
These things helped a little, but about 4 days ago, I began taking NatureMade Super B-Complex and Omega-3 Fish oil capsules *one a day*. I also quit using deodorant all together. I was using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant (which has a terrible reputation for harming skin on ConsumerReports). I have noticed that I do not sweat much at all, which is likely the root of the entire problem.
I think cutting back on the deodorant has been the biggest breakthrough yet. I have felt normal the past couple days for the first time in almost 2 months. I encourage you guys to try going a few days without deodorant and to use the pills I listed above. I don’t know if I am all the way out of the woods yet, but I am going to continue doing the things I’ve been doing in an effort to kick this stuff to the curb. It is a horrible thing to deal with when nobody else knows what you are going through. Hope this information helps someone!