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I've been an itchy kid since I can remember. I couldn't walk a block without having to stop and scratch. I didn't think anything of it until I was 10. Every day at the exact same time I would breakout in hives all over my arms. I had dermatographic urticaria and was popping benadryl and falling asleep in class like it was a bad habit. My mom took me to the doctor and they gave me this medicine in 30 vials and I was to drink one each day for a month and then the hives stopped happening everyday.
Between the ages of 11-13 I would randomly break out in hives, but they were so few and far between that it never really became a problem. When I was a freshman in high school, I became more aware of the fact that everytime I walked to school in the morning (about a mile), that I would start to itch about 2 blocks down from my house. The more I scratched, the more I itched. The more I ignored the itching, the more it began to burn. The itching would stop after I would go somewhere cold and go to town scratching my legs until the small hives, turned into long welts that covered my legs, but no longer itched or burned. This is still something that I struggle with to this day.
After I graduated I began to get more afraid to leave the house, because walking was just not an option for me. It was so random to me. I could run and be fine, but walking was a problem. Even doing air guitar can cause my arms to itch uncontrollably.
I am now 22 and recently I've been getting hives on random parts of my body, but mostly on my upper right arm. They'll start out as just itching, then they'll turn into hives, then the arm will be swollen under the hive area, then the hive will calm down, scab up, and turn into a bruise. It's a process that takes about a week or two, to fully go away be for the other ones start to form. This has been happening for the past 2 months. It happened on my left hip and on my ankle as well. I'm unaware of what to do about this because for the past 8 years, my hives have been contained to mostly my legs and are only caused by me walking (outside specifically) somewhere.
I didn't even know urticaria was a word that existed until I was 17. I just figured that it was a weird thing that happened to me and that no one needed to know. I have not been professionally diagnosed and my current doctor just believes it's caused by sweat and that zyrtect (which i'm not covered for btw) is the solution to all my problems.
I don't know what to do anymore, and my anxiety is just telling me that it's never going to get better and that I'll never be a fully functioning adult that will be able to go for a calm stroll without the fear of hives ruining my day.
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