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Exercising With Hives
Exercise hives: Cholinergic urticaria occurs following sweating/exercise when acetylcholine receptors stimulate sweat glands to make sweat. It can be a difficult thing to treat, antihistamines should be tried first line prior to exercise but desensitization programs by an allergist would likely result in the most long lasting result. ...Read more
For the past week after I’m done exercising I get a bad hives breakout on my stomach, chest, neck, back and my face gets swollen. Is it an allergy?
Exercise rash: Hi there this could be an allergy due to exercise......an abnormal response right...or a rash due to heat and sweating. Use an anti allergy an hour pre work out. Wear breathable clothing and see if this still occurs....if yes you do need to see your Gp....if no...great ...Read more
My face randomly broke out in hives yesterday. I haven't changed my diet. Could it be from exercising?
Only 1 day?: If this occurred only for a day, it would be hard to give you an answer. There is however a condition known as exercise-induced anaphylaxis which may occur with exercise alone, exercise + an allergenic food (which would not cause problem otherwise), or exercise + any food. Only time would tell. ...Read more
I have dry skin and in the winter I develop hives when anything touches my skin or when I'm cold or when I'm exercising.?
Hydration & moisture: dry skin in winter is common, in your case you may have urticaria, an allergic skin condition of several types, and gets stimulated by different agents, temperature change is a powerful physical agent in such cases, you need to see a dermatologist or an allergist, meanwhile keep yourself well hydrate even in winter, moisturize your skin well right after bathing with a cream saop, goodluck ...Read more
Just recently when my son is exercising/gets sweaty he breaks out into hives all over. Anyone know a cause or condition as to why this is happening?
Hives: Your reaction is very common and can potentially lead to anaphylaxis, it is called exercise induced anaphylaxis. You need to avoid eating for two hours before or after exercise to avoid such reactions, and have an Epipen (epinephrine) handy. Plus never exercise alone, like jogging after dinner. ...Read more
Why I am getting itchy hives while exercising? This is just started 2 weeks ago. I got hives mostly on arms and shoulders sometimes on back and legs.
Many answers: The most common type of hives associated with exercise is called cholinergic urticaria which however usually occurs after and not during exercise. Nobody knows for sure why this happens. Since yours occur during exercise, I am not certain that we are talking about the same thing. Try taking an antihistamine 1-2 hrs prior to exercise and see if it helps. ...Read more
Should I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before exercising to try and prevent exercise induced extremely itchy painful hives all over my body and sore throat?
If I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before a workout, will it stop me from breaking out in hives afterwards?
May help: Hives that can occur with exercise is frequently called cholinergic urticaria and is related to increased body temperature. The hives are usually small bumps with wide areas of redness. An antihistamine can help; most allergists would suggest a new generation antihistamine such as claritin, zyrtec, xyzal, Clarinex or Allegra which do not cause drowsiness or delayed reaction time like benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more
Antihistaminic pills help excessive redness on face while exercising? Should I take them right before exercise? Related to my urticaria?
There is no reason-: -not 2 take them. The redness may B due 2 the underlying urticaria & not the Ahist. As far as when, it should B driven by when U usually get the, if as soon as U exert Urself, take them about an hour B4 Ur workout so the effect is well in place. U should kno what sets them off so time it accordingly. ...Read more
There are many causes of hives and these include infections, medications, bee/wasp stings, food allergies, environmental allergies, stress, cold temperatures, and exercise amongst other rarer causes. Oftentimes, hives are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause.
For further evaluation and management, consultation with a board-certified allergist is recommended for evaluation and management. ...Read more
Depends: Hives can be acute and last less than 1 day- 1 week or they can be chronic lasting greater than 6 weeks. Acute hives often have a trigger- such as food, medication, bug bite, venom sting, or pet allergy. However, they can also coincide with infections and the cause may not be easy to identify. Hives that are chronic >6 weeks require evaluation by an allergist and often have no known cause. ...Read more
Well....: I think you mean to say will you keep getting hives "forever"? If you are clearly get hives when you come into contact some "offending agent" then every time you come into contact with it yes, you will get hives, and maybe worse. However, a lot of the time we are not able to determine why you get hives (or to what). See your dermatologist or allergist if it continues to be a problem. ...Read more
So Many Causes: There are a number of potential causes of hives (urticaria) which include: viral infections, parasitic infections, IgE-mediated allergic reactions like bee stings, medication allergy, latex allergy, food allergy, transfusion reactions, and contact reactions. Some meds/products can induce hives like narcotics, radiocontrast media, muscle relaxants, stinging nettle, physical stimuli, and foods. ...Read more