Paleo caused Cold / Excercise Urticaria?

Answered on June 17, 2014
Created June 13, 2014 at 3:35 AM

I've been strict paleo for 2 years. All my life I've been allergic to everything. Pollen, nuts, water (dishydrotic eczema), lawn, cats, trees, you name it. I also had chronic eczema, joint pain, acne (teen and adult) and severe to moderate ulcerative colitis. Now that I'm paleo I have been symptom free from all my ailments.

About three months ago, a year and nine months into my paleo life, I have developed cold & exercise urticaria. I break out in itchy hives, unbearably prickly, red and raised skin. Breaks out especially in areas where sweat is present and the skin is cooler than the rest of the body. At times when I get out of the shower, my palms and bottoms of feet get super itchy.

Has anyone experienced similar symptoms?

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:57 AM

You described my friend from high school almost to a T. I'd like to think he got healthy and went Paleo. That guy used to say he was allergic to air. Good guy though. He was a fan of Hungarian Letcho. My husband got urticaria around age 50 and it's the oddest thing. With your issues you probably can't take Zyrtec but that's what stopped it for him. I would guess the exercise is activating some kind of inflammatory-histamine thing, so maybe go for some extra fish or fish oil in your diet?

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on June 17, 2014
at 10:32 AM

I had faced with Cholinergic urticaria which created punctate papulas surrounded by erythematous halo. It is often recommended to drink or take apple cider vinegar to help balance pH levels, especially those with. urticaria it is because of the unbalanced ph level in your body. Urticaria (such as myself) or other skin conditions.

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on June 13, 2014
at 03:52 AM

A while back, I gave up salt. Now if I crave a little and put it on something, I always end up itching all over in bed that night. I finally traced it to the salt because it was also swelling my feet and lower legs. I think I need to up my level of cardio HIT intervals to get my lymph going better.

But I don't think I should be doing it just so I can eat some salt for pleasure. Orrrr.... maybe so. Pleasure is important. Salt is just not Paleo. Anyway, if my rambling story helps you in any way, then I'm glad. :)

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