I’m an 18-year-old male, and I’ve had cholinergic urticaria for about a year and a half now. But it’s only been unbearable for the last 6 months or so. Around spring 2017 I started noticing that my skin would get itchy and irritated, but it was never unbearable and I could still live my normal life. It wasn’t until this spring that I started to notice more serious symptoms while I was in gym class.
Since then it has progressively gotten worse. I can’t be in a hot room, I can’t exercise or really exert any energy at all for that matter, I can’t take a hot shower, and what has effected me the most is that I can’t even go outside in the sun without breaking out. When I break out it’s usually very painful, and itchy hives appear mostly on my arms, chest, and back.
Being a very active and athletic teenager, this has really taken a toll on my life. I live in the DC area and have seen countless allergist and doctors, but everything they’ve recommended has not been working. I’m on multiple antihistamines and other medications, and am currently receiving Xolair once a month and have not seen any improvements whatsoever.
The only things that seem to work is air conditioning and jumping a cold pool or shower. I am about to begin college in a week and I am extremely concerned that I will not be able to walk to my classes and just live a normal college life. I plan to start an allergy-eliminating diet and see if that works, and I’ve seen many people on here recommend sweat-therapy, but I’m worried with how bad my condition is that sweat therapy will only cause me to experience more excruciating pain rather than stop my breakouts.
If you guys have any suggestions of what to try please let me know. Cholinergic urticaria has just effected my life too much, and I’m willing to try anything to get rid of it. I love reading many your stories on here, they give me hope that I can get through this soon.
Thank you guys so much,