I’ve been suffering from this condition for the last three years. Initially I thought I was having some kind of food allergy (some spices), because I developed hives after eating spicy food. I tried various foods and spices to find out exact cause of my allergy, but I didn’t find anything.
The intensity of my hives was mild that it never affected my daily routine. About a year back, I noticed that whenever I rode my bike for more than 20 minutes, there was redness, itching, and swelling over my feet due to heat coming from engine. Over a period I noticed that when I was exposed to heat for a prolonged duration, I usually developed rashes, redness and itching–sometimes on my neck, around my knees, and feet upper back.
A few months back, these episodes became more frequent, so I went the doctor. They initially prescribed antihistamines and some lotion. Everything was fine when I was on medicine. The day I stop taking medicine, all of my symptoms reappeared. After multiple visits to doctors, I was diagnosed with cholinergic urticaria.
During this period I lost my job and my girlfriend. I was going through lot of stress. I was alone and very depressed. During this period, after every meal I started to develop hives due to spicy food only. Medicines are not even helpful. I had 5 to 6 episodes of hives during a day, and every time it last about 1 to 2 hours. It all leads to stress and more depression.
Through various websites I came to know that mental stress is aggravating factor for cholinergic urticaria. So the first thing I started doing is yoga and meditation in the morning (it took only half hour daily. Whenever I feel stressed or depressed, I start listening music or going out. It really helps me reduced my stress. I noticed that as my stress decreases, my symptom also decrease.
For the last 2 -3 months, I follow my routine of yoga meditation and avoiding stress, and it has really helped me. It didn’t completely cure me, but the intensity and frequency of hives has been reduced. Now I suffer from this once in ten days, and the intensity is also very low (so it didn’t affect daily routine or my life).
I hope this will help someone.