I've been struggling with a problem for quite a while: exercise (or heat) induced hives.
Basically, when I get too hot, I break out into a bunch of itchy bumps... they're like mosquito bites, except bigger and itchier.
Since heat tends to do this to me, I generally end up with hives after every workout--especially a long run.
I've tried changing my diet. Taking cool showers. Changing my diet again. I take Benadryl when they get unbearable.
But they still kept coming... and they seemed to get worse.
Finally... yesterday... I broke down and took an OTC non-drowsy allergy relief pill (a generic version of Claritin). I've been avoiding this because Hubby says I'll probably have to take them pretty regularly if I want them to work... and I don't like to take any medication on a regular basis. I would have preferred to solve my issue the natural way.
Anyway, I took the medication and didn't break out in a single hive yesterday after my workout.
Although I hate taking meds, I have to admit that it was a relief to be hive-free for an evening.
Now we'll just see if these little white pills keep on working...