One minor concern that I experience when running or walking outside in the cold (it’s not cold now, but I didn’t research it until now) is a mild itchiness on my legs around the thighs. It’s not serious enough to stop me from running or walking outside, but if I can prevent it then I can avoid a bit of the mild discomfort I experience.
It turns out I should count my lucky stars because some people get it a lot more seriously than I do. These two Ask Metafilter (1, 2) have some crazy stories from other people and links to things that are downright scary. A lot of the answers amount to links to conditions such as Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (as in Exercise-induced anaphylactic reactions, or allergic reactions) and cold urticaria. Being allergic to the cold seems a bit ridiculous, doesn’t it? I, like many, always thought it had to do with sweat coming out of pores and just being mildly irritated.
If those seem a bit outlandish to you, as they did to me, other explanations include:
- Reaction to detergents – It could be that my body doesn’t like the detergent I’m using, though my itchiness is only in the legs and I wash all my clothes.
- Blood circulation – Some have said that the itchiness just comes from blood circulation, that it goes away after the first mile. To be honest, I don’t really notice if the itchiness starts in the beginning and goes away, or persists for a long time. I have always ignored it and kept on going because it wasn’t that bad.
- New to exercise – Another commenter stated that it happened a lot when he first started working out but less so now, I can’t remember if it was worse when I was younger… dang my memory is going too.
Oh well, either way I’m not taking any drugs for it because it’s only mildly irritating, so I guess I’ll just power on through.