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Posted by J.Bennett on April 25, 2000 at 23:40:23:

Hi there,
It's been at least a decade, so upon my
happening onto these boards, I thought I'd see if
anyone had heard of anything like my problem.... I would
REALLY appreciate any information, suggestions or help!
I am very fair-skinned. When my body temperature
gets above a certain temperature,and/or I perspire, or I
exercise too much (which sometimes is hardly at all!),
I break out in red, itchy hives on my arms, ankles and
insteps, around my neck and on my chest,etc. Addition-
ally, if I continue activity past this point,my body gets
blotchy; my face blotches up, reddens and swells, my
temples throb and my throat and nose begin to close up.
To me it seems as though I'm going to suffocate (or
something VERY close).
This is very, VERY limiting. I told my (HMO) doctor
all about it, and about my problems, and he put me on
a daily dose of ALLEGRA. This seems to help in terms of
very minimal activity...to a point. But he will not go
any futher with my complaint than this. Meanwhile, I am
still very limited, as I live in a city that while
comfortably cool November through March, is BLAZINGLY hot
April through October. I cannot move away from here.
Is there anyone out there who has or has had this
kind of problem? Can anyone give me any ideas and/or
information about a problem like this- and any even
partially successful treatments for it?
I was very active and athletic before this problem
became full-blown; now I'm not quite an invalid, but
pretty close to it. I'd like to reclaim at least part
of who I really am before I am too old to do so (I've
just turned forty). If you have any information,
ideas, experiences...anything...any input would be
greatly appreciated. Please reply here. Thank you.

Yours,

-J. Bennett


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