Mystery solved? Could it be niacin flush?
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Yesterday I had that weird "allergic reaction" with burning arms, face, neck chest and itching. I had to punch out early for a long lunch and it went away after I rested and had something to eat. I lost only 45 minutes of work and so had to stay late 45 minutes to make up the time.
I did some research on the internet and I have decided a very likely cause is niacin which I have been taking on my own for reducing cholesterol. I take a timed release formula and even then there can be flushing from that.
So my experiment will be no more niacin and see if that makes a difference. I have been getting quite severe flushing and then I probably panic and worry about what is happening. The time previous to this when it happened I just was going into the gym and as soon as I got in the swimming pool I improved almost immediately (cooled down the skin).
Yesterday at work I used cold compresses on my arms and that helped, also.
Time will tell but I think the mystery is solved.