waterburn asked: GIRL!! I found you via beforeandafterfatlosspics. You HAVE WHAT I HAVE!! Exercise induced urticaria!! I'm bowled over. Mine is fairly mild, happens unpredictably, and tends to manifest as painful, fatty tissue-level itching and burning. I have to ask: How have you managed to run with this? I know I would love running, but I'm afraid to trigger an episode! Ahhh I'm so glad (/sad) to see someone else has it and has managed to be active!! All I do now is hike!!
I am also so glad/sad to hear of someone else with exercise induced urticaria! We should totally be buddies!
I used to somewhat ignore it. I would stop exercising, take an antihistamine and move on. There was only a couple times where it got bad enough so that I went to my schools health center and got a Benadryl and steroid shot. Still, I didn’t think it was anything life threatening.
This last summer, I went into anaphylactic shock. I was on a morning jog and started to break out in hives. Only this time my I didn’t notice the hives so much as I did my swollen hands and a weird itch/taste in my throat. I was ALMOST home from my jog. Just another 3 blocks, so I decided to finish it up. It happened really quickly. I was about a block and a half away when I decided to walk the rest of the way and call my boyfriend to see if he could meet me with my antihistamines. While I was on the phone with him, I started getting dizzy. Then I started to loose my sight. I knew I was about to pass out so I sat down. My boyfriend started to come towards walk my direction from the house. He said he saw me slump over as he approached me. Right before I passed out I remember seeing a truck pull up next to me. Apparently someone driving by saw me and thought I looked like I needed help. The helpful stranger and my boyfriend called 911 and sent for an ambulance. The next thing I remember is the ambulance pull up. They checked my blood pressure - 65 over 40. My whole body was swollen. They thought they were going to have to cut my rings off. They gave me a shot of epinephrine and started an IV with Benadryl. My swelling didn’t go completely down for over 24 hours.
I finally went to an allergist who told me I most likely had exercise educed anaphylaxis.
So now, after a life threatening incident, I take my episodes more seriously. I have an epi pen that I always take with me to the gym. My allergist also prescribed me Cimetidine that I take in the morning with 2 zyrtec and I also take Hydrozyzine (drowsy) with another Cimetidine at night. I never go on jogs alone. I pretty much just stick to the gym. I try to do less intense cardio workouts, and try not to get my heart rate up TOO high. I focus on longer less intense workouts. If I am going to do cardio, my allergist suggested I try doing it in the morning before eating anything (although I haven’t found a food that seems to trigger the episodes). Weight lifting has helped a lot, it has provided me with a way to stay in shape my gaining muscle and increasing my metabolism.
Hope this helps!!! Please feel free to message me with more questions!