What is it?

Exercise-induced urticaria is a condition that produces hives and other allergic symptoms. The hives, or welts, are large, raised bumps on the skin. They can occur on any part of the body. They often are redder around the edge than in the middle. Hives also can look like red spots, blotches, or blisters.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may occur during or after exercise. They may include:
- Hives.
- Itching of the skin.
- Flushing (redness) of the skin.
- Trouble breathing or a choking feeling.
- Stomach cramps.
- Headache.
- Swelling of the face, tongue, or hands.


Diagnosis may include medical history and physical examination. Skin prick test for allergy and exercise tests might be needed as well.


Medicines, such as antihistamines, can prevent and treat some symptoms. In severe cases, symptoms may be life-threatening, but this is rare. For severe symptoms, the doctor may prescribe a medicine called epinephrine. This is more commonly known as an EpiPen. You inject this medicine as soon as symptoms start. It stops the symptoms before they become life-threatening.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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