How many times have you heard that you should work out? How many times have you heard that working out is bad for your skin? How many times have you been told that working out gives you rashes and hives? Yeah, I see a lot of people running around the gym with hives. I’m sure some of the hives are caused by exercise, but some might be caused by anxiety about working out. If you experience hives when working out, how do you know if it’s from exercising or anxiety?
Well, that’s not a thing, you say. But if it were a thing, I’d be the first person to write an article about it. Because who doesn’t love writing about hives when working out?
Are you getting hives when working out?
Do you get hives when you’re working out? It’s called exercise-induced urticaria, and it’s pretty common. We talked to Dr. Jonathan Berg, a board-certified dermatologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, about what causes it, how to treat it and prevent it from happening again and how to make sure you stay safe when you do work out.
What causes exercise-induced urticaria?
Exercise-induced urticaria is caused by histamine release in your body during exercise. Histamine is an inflammatory chemical that causes swelling and itching as part of the immune response. The good news is that these hives are usually harmless and go away within a few hours after your workout ends.
Things you can do to help prevent them
If you’ve ever felt a tingling sensation or red, itchy bumps while working out, you’re not alone. Although the exact cause is unknown, it’s believed that most cases are caused by an allergic reaction to certain ingredients in deodorant, antiperspirants, lotions, and sunscreens.
If you experience hives when exercising, there are several things you can do to help prevent them:
- Try using a non-aluminum deodorant, such as one made with baking soda or coconut oil.
- If your skin is sensitive, try applying a small amount of petroleum jelly before exercising. This helps to seal in moisture and prevent irritation from sweat.
- Make sure that you are well hydrated before beginning any exercise program so that your body does not feel dehydrated from sweating too much during workouts. If possible drink enough water throughout the day before exercising so that there aren’t any dry patches on your skin which could irritate if rubbed against by clothing or equipment during workouts.”