(Closed) Getting red and itchy during exercise?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I get this too. I haven’t found any good cure other than to push through. As you get in better shape and your body is more used to exercise, it will go away. The pain/itchiness is from your blood vessels expanding for more blood flow during exercise.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I get it, but only when I run outside, not inside on a treadmill haha opposite of you! I’ve never found anything to make it better, but I find it’s usually worse when it’s colder out. Super annoying, I know how you feel

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@AussieSummer: Yes, I have experienced this especially when I run. I can tell you that it gets better with time. At least for me, it gets better after I continue to run daily. I can recommend you to use benedryl cream or any cream similar. It helps lessen the urge to itch.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It can sometimes be caused by your body releasing histamine, similar to when you have an allergy(but not actually an allergic reaction). Try taking an anti-histamine before your next workout and see if that helps. Ie. Benadryl, claritin or some other allergy meds.

I used to get this quite often and my FI(he’s an advanced life support medic) suggested trying the above. Worked for me!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I get this too! I tear myself to shreds, I have no self restraint.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Me too! In fact last night was the WORST it’s ever been…the gym was super hot and I was sweating like crazy, and I wore 2 cotton tank tops so I was sweltering.

Only thing that has helped me is I bought a good moisture wicking shirt, and I still itch some but it is short term while exercising.  Certain materials seem to make it worse for me.  It does diminsh as I go, but I was about ready to rip my clothes off last night!  And I am actually still itchy today too in the same places, took Reactine.

I am going to try the antihistamine before working out…anything to help!

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

YES!! I thought I was some crazy person! I only recently told Darling Husband about it. I was so embarassed because I didn’t know why I’d get sooooo itchy during our walks with our dog. Mine don’t go away after I exercise more and my body gets “used to it”. I’m not sure what it is for me 🙁

I will definitely try an anti-histamine next time. I get so embarassed about this. I can’t resist to scratch so I’m this crazy lady walking her dog and scratching her legs…

Post # 11
Bee
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

Yes! I suffer from this too and it’s called exercise urticaria like you said… I also suffer from cold urticaria. 🙁 I usually just push through although I will say it is sometimes excruciating and unbearable. Oh and for some reason running is THE WORST for me (which sucks because I really do enjoy running). The elliptical doesn’t seem to torture me as much as the treadmill for some reason.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Can you try different work outs? Not sure how much that would help if its uticaria though. I think the “fighting” through it really is the only option – you have to be careful. Depending on the severity it could result in something very serious- Med’s don’t work for everyone.

@coyote:  I have pretty severe cold uticaria too. SUCKS!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Yes, it means you havent worked out enough. You need to push through it…going longer and longer each day and eventually your body will get used to all of your blood flow to the “new” places.

I usually have this after winter time ( I take a break from working out daily most of the time during the winter…being an avid cyclist and cold winters don’t mix). So when I start working out again, it get itchies soo bad and end up having welts all over my legs from scratching.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I get this too!  I had no idea it was a thing.  Mine only shows up when I run and it’s cold.  Living in Texas, that’s like 4 days out of the year, so I never thought to look it up.  I do just have to push through it, but I found it’s much worse if my skin is dry at all.  Maybe try putting on a serious moisturizer prior to exercise? Like eucerin, or amlactin or something?

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yikes, I didn’t know this was a thing! I don’t have this, but I wanted to add.. has anyone tried switching to unscented/sensitive skin detergents and soaps? Maybe that will cut down on the aggravation when sweat meets clothes and skin.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I get this too when I run outside in the beginning of spring. It goes away after u get used to it but what helps is if I wear fitted shorts or capris that way there is no loose clothing to rub me more. And do not scratch in fact I don’t dare to touch my legs bc it will make it worse putting my cold water bottle against my legs helps too. Or I distract myself by digging my nails I’m my hands just a bit to get another sensation to focus on.

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