I didn’t. Not until Sunday when I was so sluggish and histameeny that I broke out the iPad and looked it up.
I live in Miami where the temperature was averaging 84 degrees F in the day and 74 at night. Sunday, a cold front blew in which meant the temperature dropped to 53. Now that might not seem cold to many of you depending on where you live, but it was cold to me. It was a thirty degree swing in temperature.
I managed to finally get out on my bike around 11:30 in the morning and rode for about an hour. That was certainly not taxing for me. But later in the day I was so fatigued! And my eyes felt fat. I first thought wow, what’s wrong with me, but then thought it feels like back when I was really fighting high histamine levels. That’s when I looked it up.
Turns out that having an allergic-like reaction to the cold is not unheard of. It actually even has a name: Cold urticaria.
Urticaria is another word for hives. Many people who suffer from Cold Urticaria break out into huge hives. Their skin can get discolored purple, and if it’s a bad enough reaction they can suffer anaphylaxis. On the other end of the spectrum reside fatigue and dry itchy skin. That would be me.
I noticed after I started having major issues with histamine intolerance I didn’t tolerate cold weather nearly as well as I used to. Now I know why. The weather change is pushing up my histamine levels. I’m not totally surprised as I’ve suffered enough migraines in my life due to thunderstorms and rising air pressure to understand that weather can affect my body.
Fatigue from the cold weather and the time change has wreaked havoc on my stamina this week. But the weather is warming and I’m going to bed early so I should soon feel “normal” again…whatever that is.
So anybody else notice their histamine issues are exacerbated by cold weather? Or maybe you never realized before now. Share your stories down in the comments section.
And bundle up!