Hives when working out
- 01-01-2010, 08:25 PM
- 01-01-2010, 11:08 PM
If you are at a public facility where you are required to clean the workstation after use, you may be allergic to the chemicals contained in the cleaner.
01-01-2010, 11:13 PM
def need some more info about when you get them where you are, ect ect to help. pretty much right now it could be anything.
01-01-2010, 11:34 PM
sounds like you have an allergy to your own test levels, which are being spiked during workouts.....
alright, i need sleep....
01-01-2010, 11:48 PM
I have wondered that, but it happens even when only using the free weights.
I get them EVERYWHERE which sucks a whole lot, I work out at Snap Fitness, I have no known allergies except to Era laundry detergent and sulfa anti-biotics.
01-02-2010, 09:12 AM
a bunch of PubMed articles cite food allergies as a trigger for this. i think you should see an Allergist.
01-02-2010, 10:27 AM
What he likely has is cholinergic urticaria, hives from sweating. Most people treat this with a long acting, non-sedating antihistamine, ie zyrtec. A condition that shouldn't be worrisome.
01-02-2010, 11:49 AM
its also possible that your allergens are found on the benches you use. if anyone used that detergent and was on that bench, you will obviously get hives from contact. not to mention that there are probably other detergents you are allergic to (but haven't discovered yet).
try wiping down the bench with disinfectant and a cloth and see if the hives stop. if that doesn't take care of the problem, post 6/7 is the likely answer.
01-02-2010, 12:02 PM
but yeah, i dont think what he has is "danergous" per se, its not anaphylaxis. but getting down to the root cause could be helpful. maybe its something he's exposing himself to, maybe a dye or food. eliminating that could prevent him from needing the daily zyrtec.
01-02-2010, 12:04 PM
An allergic contact to the benches would more likely be an eczematous eruption, with itch, not so much hives.
01-02-2010, 12:18 PM
01-02-2010, 02:14 PM
I used to get them from sunlight detergent and bounce sheets.Also from one form of fantastik. EE usually results in serous discharge, and crusting, which my father gets on his hands. He uses coal tar on it, which reeks but works. I would suggest some bendryl before working out to see if it prevents the hives from forming. It could also be the sweat you produce releasing the chemicals in your clothing from cleaners/softeners. The best advice was to get an allergy test done.
01-02-2010, 11:27 PM
The bench would definitely make sense, but my last occurrence happened after no contact with bench, restroom facilities, etc. Only a dumbell.
It happens within seconds of working out too, thats the really odd thing, and not so sure about the sweating since I had just come in from -20F out of my broken thermostated car lol.
So im thinking the exercised induced urticaria is right on the money.
Interesting, i will definitely have to try the zyrtec approach.
01-03-2010, 01:12 AM
01-03-2010, 02:14 AM
01-03-2010, 11:28 AM
So you want him to take a short acting, sedating antihistamine preworkout? bad choice. Benadryl has its own set side effects.
Solar urticaria is from the sun, all oif these are treated with long acting, nonsedating antihistamines, zyrtec, claritin, allegra to name a few.
Urticaria CAN be pruritic. An "allergy test" is a generic word. Overall they are VERY low yield and is in no way indicated at this time. This is called patch testing where they put a bunch of known allergens on patches and sick them to you for a couple days. If it were a contact allergen the most likely affected sites are where he would have contact with the allergen, not diffuse and hive-like. There is no value in RAST testing either - which is also traditionally used for urticaria and other generalized allergies.
Simply put, he has cholinergic urticaria until proven otherwise.
Better reference and source: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1049978-overview
01-03-2010, 01:03 PM
So far that sounds right. It happens VERY quickly, as in my first set. Small red bumps, blotches, itchy as hell. I didnt think it was related to sweating or body temperature but I am no doctor and so cannot offer an opinion otherwise.
01-03-2010, 01:06 PM
And for the sake of diagnosis, I will try to further narrow down some of the details, such as if it ONLY happens at Snap, ONLY during exercise, if its my gloves, etc...
01-03-2010, 02:57 PM
01-03-2010, 03:08 PM
Antihistamines work by blocking histamine release. He would need to take these daily, it may take several days to get enough in his system, they don't work just by taking them as needed, it is a chronic therapy, not prn.
01-03-2010, 03:13 PM
01-03-2010, 03:47 PM
i always thought antihistamines (at least the common ones like claritin, zyrtec) were competitive H1 receptor antagonists, whereas mast cell stabilizers like cromolyn werent really what we were talking about here.
01-03-2010, 04:11 PM
01-03-2010, 04:25 PM
01-03-2010, 07:34 PM
I am very very certain it is a reaction to sweat/body heat cause I just woke up (its -9F out so my room is space heated to hell) and noticed that I was sweating. Then bam, right this very moment, it is getting worse. Hives, terrible itching, and redness.
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