I’m 44, female, 2 kids, full time job with busy life as expected for this world. I have been dealing with hives, itching, prickling, stinging sensation for the past 2 years. Many of my symptoms were described in videos on this site. I cried, because it’s so uncommon that someone else will describe exactly how this feels.
Today I read about heat hives for the first time. I’m not 100% sure this is what I have but it does have many things in common to my symptoms. Things that are different for me are:
- I can be in very hot places and have no immediate reactions. My symptoms are more “time of the day” related. I’m especially bad in the morning, they start 10-15 minutes after I leave bed. I also find difficult falling sleep because, 5 minutes after I’m in bed, the random prickling will come. I need to focus, breath and just “forget” about it so I can sleep (I can do this now, after more than 2 years dealing with the problem).
- My itching lasts for hours. It is not a 20-30 minutes reaction. I can have the sensation for 2-3 hours, it usually starts in the morning and I would feel almost nothing by midday.
- I have found a connection with sugar and carbs (natural sugar, even fruits and carbs and milk). Artificial sweeteners seem to be ok though.
- Maybe because of sugar content, I react to certain alcohol types, such as wine.
Things that I could relate to in terms of triggers and causes are:
- Summer and Winter are worst seasons. Even when I don’t specifically react to a hot environment, summer is not a good season, neither it is long exposure to sun. I might not feel an immediate reaction, but I’ll become more sensitive during this time.
- Hot baths, or showers in general. I have reduced the frequency and duration of showers to minimum. I moisturize the moment I leave the shower.
- Sweat (or exercise) does seem to help. Doing regular exercise has helped me. When I do it, the reactions reduce in frequency and duration.
- Water quality. Being in a pool for more than 10 minutes will trigger a reaction for sure. Beaches are ok.
- Clothing. Too tight, too thick, poor quality material will trigger a reaction.
- Contact with certain fabrics will trigger the reaction
After reading about this topic, I think I have a combination of hives and a variation of heat hives is one of them. I have got the book, let’s see what changes I can make to improve my quality of life (this is very disruptive).
If any one wants to comment or share something with me, please do.