I’m allergic to exercise.

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 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 skinโ€“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 โ€œblushingโ€ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My whole life my brain has been telling my body to take it easy, but now I can justify it!!


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  • Reply Debbie August 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Oh me too me too! Before we went to get married in Cuba I was going to a tanning bed…(only made it up to 3-5min in the low power lay down beds…cuz I’m so pasty)…but I would itch ALL OVER, I had no idea why…but it made my whole body totally itchy and bumpy!
    And I get super duper red when I exercise too!
    Ha! I guess I should avoid it from here on out..
    Thank you Christa…and your google fu!

  • Reply Natashia August 20, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Laughing laughing laughing. Thanks for giving me a giggle Christa! I’m a googler too. Everything is on there and you can find exactly the answer you want to hear!
    I am also allergic to exercise. Don’t know how I managed to shed all those kilos and keep it off!

    • Reply Christa August 20, 2010 at 7:17 am

      oh yes, girls. I knew I couldn’t be alone in this!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jen August 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Another funny entry Christa!!! You are a riot!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear you now have a really worthwhile reason for not exercising!!
    I’m not allergic…I just don’t do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I’m totally a googler too when it comes to finding stuff out! I’ve diagnosed (correctly) a few conditions that way! It’s a great way to do it! (within reason of course :))

  • Reply An Irish Friend ;c) August 21, 2010 at 4:34 am

    LOL! Nice. excuse ;c) I actually know this is true cause my ex had the same issue. We used to say he was allergic to his own sweat. Ah… if only it caused anaphylactic shock! *Giggles*

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