How to live with heat hives?
April 30, 2007 11:26 PM Subscribe
Any suggestions on how to live with heat hives? I'd like to survive the summer...
posted by flod logic to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
To make a short story long...
For about the past two years, I've been breaking out into hives sometimes on my face, neck, and arms, which I assumed were caused by something in the environment I had touched since I have a lot of allergies. (When taking a shower, I thought it was probably because of mold in the bathroom, even after cleaning; when it would happen at other times, I just chalked it up to maybe touching something with animal fur on it or something, somehow.)
But especially now that it's getting warm out, it's been happening more frequently and I've just recently made the connection to heat - whether it's taking an even somewhat hot shower, eating hot food, being in a warm room, etc. After visiting the allergist last week, she increased my dose of Zyrtec from 10 mg to 20 mg a day and had me take a blood test to rule out other possibilities, which turned out normal.
However, the hives still show up sometimes (at least as slightly itchy, ugly-looking red blotches), and I imagine it will only get worse as summer comes. It's kind of depressing to know I can hardly spend much time outside during the day, eat hot or spicy food, or even enjoy a cup of coffee much hotter than lukewarm.
So, has anyone else lived with this problem? What, other than avoiding things like hot coffee, hot showers, and being outside too much, can I do about it? I've heard things about sweating it out and even acupuncture, but does anyone have any personal experience with these things? I'd like to be able to live as normal a life as possible without constantly worrying about my body temperature, so any suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, and I'm 21, female, and live in northern Minnesota, if that has any relevance.