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Itching while running?

Has this happened to anyone? It only happens to me when I run. I get so itchy!!! My legs, sides, chest etc. 

I haven't switched detergents or lotion or started any new medications or anything. I don't know what it could be! 

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Re: Itching while running?

  • It happens to me too! I usually lube up with Lubriderm or some other thick lotion before going out. It's kinda gross, but it helps.

     

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  • When I get itchy I think it's dry skin related. It feels weird though because my skin will be moist (sweat) and still itchy, so it's a different kind of itch. (Or I'm crazy. Good possibility.)

    I even find it happens in the gym. I think it's because I lotion in the morning and hit the gym after work (long day at the office in a dry building).

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  • Are you fairly new to running?  I used to get super itchy when I wasn't in very good shape.  I always attributed it to increased blood flow to my capillaries, but that could just be something I made up.  Smile  It doesn't happen any more.
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  • I'm not too new to running..but I am new to running consistently. What I read online was what Taratru said about capillaries and blood flow etc. I wonder why this doesn't happen with anything else. Hmm..
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  • i wonder if it's from the sweat....i get itchy when i sweat, no matter what's causing it.
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  • I get itchy when I have dry skin and then I sweat.
  • I think it's a blood flow/histamine reaction.  I get it now and then, usually on my legs, stomach, and hips/butt.  It itches like the devil!!  I just try and ignore it and try not to scratch too much.
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  • You could have this:

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_urticaria

    I get it occasionally in cold weather. I take an Allegra before I exercise if I think I'm going to get it that day, or I carry one with me. Of course, YMMV and talk to your doctor if you are concerned. 

  • I had Pityriasis rosea (it's a rash caused by a virus) once and I was really itchy after running.   Has this always happened or is it a new thing?

     

  • image Sadlebred:

    You could have this:

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_urticaria

    I get it occasionally in cold weather. I take an Allegra before I exercise if I think I'm going to get it that day, or I carry one with me. Of course, YMMV and talk to your doctor if you are concerned. 

     

    What does YMMV mean?  

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    image Sadlebred:

    You could have this:

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_urticaria

    I get it occasionally in cold weather. I take an Allegra before I exercise if I think I'm going to get it that day, or I carry one with me. Of course, YMMV and talk to your doctor if you are concerned. 

     

    What does YMMV mean?  

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  • I HATE THIS FEELING!  I always attributed it to the extra capillary blood flow when I would start back to running after taking time off. I haven't had it in a while because I run consistently, but it might stir up a little once I get back outside in the warmer weather.  Work through it and your body will adjust. 

    I like the idea of exercise uticaria too..

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  • Thank you for all of the responses! 
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