I Have Exercise Induced Hives – How To Change My Exercise Routine?

Exercise Induced Hives

Everyone can benefit from exercise. It helps with weight management and contributes to the overall well being of the body. For some people though, exercise can seem like a gauntlet of obstacles to navigate through in order to exercise regularly without triggering their exercise induced hives.

For many people, the cause of hives is unknown. All hives are caused from the release of histamine in the body, but what causes this histamine release is not always known. It is thought that this can happen when the core temperature of the body is raised, which often happens during a hot bath or exercise. Because there are two types of physical urticaria associated with exercise, managing them can be a little different depending on which type you have, and you will need to determine which type of exercise induced hives you have before making changes to your exercise routine.

For instance, exercise urticaria (also known as runner’s itch) is a rash of itchy red bumps on skin surfaces that develops during or after an exercise routine such as jogging. For many people with this form, taking an antihistamine before exercise can prevent or reduce their symptoms, and they can also benefit from reducing the rigorousness of their workout. The other related form of exercise induced hives is cholinergic urticaria, which includes symptoms from exercise, hot baths, stress and even spicy foods. The typical treatment of this form is avoidance of triggers. This doesn’t mean avoid exercise (nice try). However, this does mean that you can modify your routine to limit your likelihood of developing hives. Wearing light clothing to keep your body temperature lower will help, and so will reducing the intensity of your workout. You can try walking briskly instead of jogging uphill, and consider a gentle bike ride through the park as opposed to strapping on your spandex and trying to break the land speed record on a huffy. Try a shorter work out more frequently instead of an extremely intense workout twice per week.

Because of the limited options available as natural remedies for hives, and antihistamines being the standard in hives treatments for adults, trigger avoidance can play an important role in the treatment and management of your symptoms. Remember that all exercise plans should be discussed with your doctor, and so should any lifestyle changes you are planning to make to help cope with your condition. Your doctor may also have other helpful hints for dealing with your exercise induced hives that are specific to your health history and individual condition and needs.