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    Difficulty exercising

    Hi everyone. I've been working out through this site for nearly 2 years now. Well I stopped working out for a few months and now I'm having a problem. I can't sweat. Every time my body starts to sweat, my skin turns red and small pimples rise up on my skin (they go away after a while). The skin also becomes very itchy and starts burning. I went to the dermatologist and she simply said this is quite common and gave me an anti-fungal soap. (Good dermatologists are a rarity here, and she is apparently the best in this city) Well it ain't helping. So my question is: Does anyone here have this problem? How do you manage the condition and working out? Also some general tips will be really appreciated since my body is quite rusty to say the least.

    Sorry for the long question. Hope it isn't much of a burden!

    #2
    Is it only on the skin that is covered with clothes? If yes there could be a Connection to the material of the clothes. Does the dermatologist think that it is a fungus? In that case it should be away after treatment.

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      #3
      this happens to me sometimes after working out. It goes away after I rinse off. Although one time I noticed it was happening more when wearing some cotton t-shirts. I always wear workout shirts that wick the sweat away. So pay attention to what clothing you are wearing.

      I would never not workout though due to getting pink rash things on my arms. Endorphins are too important to me.

      Hope that helps.

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        #4
        I second Kaleo's question about wether this only happens in areas with clothes. If so, it could also be a reaction to the washing agent you use. Assuming you're working out at home where no one sees you, you could try exercising in underwear to test if the condition has something to do with your clothes.

        Generally, yes I have experience with something along the lines you describe. It's an allergic reaction called urticaria that can be triggered by anything from pollen over certain foods to your own sweat, but any dermatologist should know about urticaria and if yours says it isn't... For how long have you been using the soap?

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          #5
          it happens throughout the body, and i tend to work out without wearing a tee (in the comfort of my home ). Been using the soap for about 2 weeks now Cjell, Kaleo

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            #6
            Do you just rub the soap across your body or do you use a wash cloth/scrub brush? You might have some built up dead skin that just needs to be scrubbed off with a bit more 'oomf' than normal. I'm just guessing though, I hope it will get better.

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              #7
              If it's a fungus, could it have contaminated your clothes and towels? If you need a special soap to get rid of it on your skin, maybe a normal washing agent isn't enough to get it out of your clothes/towels. Maybe you're re-catching it every time you get in contact with those (Not that I have any knowledge about dermal fungi)

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                #8
                The antifungal will certainly help if it's a fungus, but that can take a while to have any noticeable effect (ie, weeks).

                I've had this happen before, usually in wintertime after a long run and being covered in layers of clothing. The good thing is it isn't really harmful, mostly just annoying. And thankfully self-limited. I wouldn't be surprised if it's NOT fungal, and therefore the antifungal doesn't do much, but you can always try a non-sedating antihistamine (loratidine, ceterizine) for the itchiness.

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