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Anyone get exercise/heat induced urticaria/hives?

I haven't had to deal with this in a while, and it's usually only when I combine exercise + heat + celery, but random hivey-ness is a pain to deal with.

Just wondering if there's anyone out there besides me who's had to avoid scratching that intense itch?

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  • Jen

    Let me know what methods work for you.  DD2 has been complaining about her bug bites and saying that nothing helps the itch.  

  • Kathy P

    I usually only get hives if I sit in the grass or on patio furniture that has a lot of pollen/allergens on it. Since mine is topical, usually washing the area and taking antihistamine works. 

    Has the doc suggested ways to treat the hives? 

  • K8sMom2002

    If they don't go away on their own, or if they keep coming back for a few days, I have to go in for a shot of dex. I've been blessed that it hasn't happened to that point in a while. 

    And of course, strict avoidance of celery helps.

    Sometimes the hives just come out of the blue, like after my prior surgery. It was like clockwork: every afternoon about 2 p.m., I would get hives. My doctor and I did an exhaustive inventory and couldn't figure anything out except that it was a delayed allergic reaction to the betadine they used to wash the surgery site. The dex helped. 

    So that's my emergency plan: two body systems involved (hives +, say breathing or nausea/vomiting) within 20 minutes of eating, use epinephrine auto-injector and call 911. Hives alone — try cold compresses and/or antihistamine. If they don't go away or they keep returning, come in for a shot.

  • K8sMom2002

    Excellent resource, but my doc doesn't feel that it meets the definition of CIU.

    Usually my hives will stop after a shot of dex, and they don't last for six weeks or longer, the definition of .

    Also, there's usually a weird thing we can pinpoint as a possible cause — like the Betadine, although my surgeon wasn't in agreement with my doctor, or me accidentally eating a pizza that had celery juice instead of the usual nitrites for the pepperoni. 

    It's not an everyday thing, and we can usually break the cycle. My doc has said that if we couldn't, then we would look at other treatment options. 

  • Melissa G

    The weather is changing…if you deal with heat induced hives, how are you preparing to deal with them?