I knew it. From the bottom of my heart I knew it.
So… I woke up this morning with a case of little tiny hives. Basically they only show up if I scratch, but I am itchy everywhere. I usually associate hives with big raised welts, so I hopped on Dr. Google to confirm my diagnosis. I’ve diagnosed many a problem with google as my guide, just ask Jon. Or don’t actually, and spare me the embarrassment. His filter is different than mine and I have no idea what he might share! 🙂 Just know that diagnosing things on google is a bit of a hobby for me. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong, but it’s always very informative.
Whenever I exercise hard I get itchy all over. Especially on a hot day. Or if I go in a tanning booth (and I was paranoid I was catching cooties from bacteria… silly me!). I get a similar reaction when I sit in a hot tub, or even just a hot bath. Annoying, but I never really thought anything of it. Well check this out:
Exercise Allergy #1: Cholinergic urticaria (itching)
It is the rise in body temperature that produces the itching, swelling, and small hives that some people experience. People who have this may also experience the same reaction in hot tubs, saunas, and see that they are more likely to get it on hot days. This rarely leads to anaphylaxis – the life-threatening drop in blood pressure that can be fatal in major allergic reactions.
Family doctor.org suggests that it may be necessary to avoid certain types of exercise. hmmm….
This one part my beet-faced self found very relatable:
Flushing of the skin–Flushing of the skin may occur in localized or widespread areas. Flushing is the reddening of the skin as blood vessels leak fluid near the skins surface (similar to “blushing” when embarrassed). The flushing skin is often warm, redder than usual, and my itch. If scratched a small wheal may appear. This usually disappears once the hives subside.
Anyway… it doesn’t solve the question of today’s case of hives, but it’s all just very interesting. I had no idea my purple face and itchy skin was an actual condition. I’m pretty thrilled to be able to claim a for reals exercise allergy. Good thing I’m too lazy to be hard core, so I will never have to worry about going into anaphylactic shock or anything! 😉 My whole life my brain has been telling my body to take it easy, but now I can justify it!!