Thursday, 15 March 2012

An Amateur Runner Pumped on Antihistamines


After yesterdays itching-fiasco of a run, I went again today, body pumped full of antihistamines. And guess what? IT WORKS! Well kinda. (No, I don't have fleas...read this post for more info on my - self diagnosed - exercising-induced urticaria problem).

After taking the antihistamines 30 minutes prior to my run, I found that my skin's itchiness was only 10% of what it felt like yesterday. HALLELUJAH! Today it only itched around my upper thigh area, which is a little more bearable than it going all the way down my legs! The pain and itchiness only lasted a few minutes here and there, and occurred about 15 minutes into my run, a lot later than usual. I say itch / itchiness and it sounds so minor but what I really mean is PAINFUL, STABBING, EXCRUCIATING, STINGING PAINS THAT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY. No exaggeration. I know some of my friends find this hilarrriiiiouuus (ahem Laura and Steph) but it isn't funny in the slightest!


A few of my other friends think it is down to the rubbing friction caused by my jiggly thighs and span-sexy running leggings. But, I've tried running in cotton leggings too and it doesn't help. I am tempted yet fearful of running in shorts. I fear it will make the itchy feeling flair up more because my leg are free to jiggle around more than usual, plus, me...in shorts...in London? Ermm how about no, not even in the summer! I have this complex about wearing shorts in London - it probably has something to do with the unpredictability of the weather and the amount of perverts on the streets, especially during summer. But, I GUESS, if this is the solution, I will have to get over it if I want to have an itch-free run at some point in my life.

To conclude, antihistamines works to prevent almost all itching caused by "exercising-induced urticaria". It is a proper nuisance knowing that I may have to take medicine every time I go for a run, and to be honest, quite off-putting. I am not 100% sure if it is fully down to the medicine, or if it is because I ran on a slightly warmer day, that minimised the stinging pains. I shall carry on my trial and testing and hopefully, in a couple of weeks I will be able to experience my first pleasant run :D.

Now I just need to learn how to run properly without almost tripping over my ankles and constantly knocking my knees. I must also remember to bring tissues with me for my one watery nostril. Oh, and before I forget...how does one overcome a stitch? I tried to ignore it and carried on running at a slower pace but it just seem to make the whole bloody thing worse! Tips or advice anyone?

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