Benadryl lotion or the caps? Maybe it is only seasonal. Try walking instead of running. I like the stairs at the gym personally, my motto is I don't run unless someone is chasing me :)
I have the same problem, too. It started years ago that when I had hadn't walked or run in a few days, the first day back would be really bad. But now, it's all the time. It's definitely worse after a few days of inactivity, but my legs itch every time I walk or run. I find if I go really slowly, it's not as bad, but I find they still itch even if I'm walking at 3.0 mph! I'm a personal trainer, too, and it's driving me crazy that I can only tolerate 10-15 mintues of walking!!! I've been doing some research, and some think it's dermatological, and some think it's circulatory-related. I don't know, but I'm dying.... It's so frustrating!!!
The itchiness is related to a collapse of small capillaries from inactivity. When you start strenuous activity like running, the capillaries open up again but in the process it sends electrical impulses to the brain, which then reads the sensation as an "itch." It should subside as you continue your running. Topical lotions won't help.
One reason why it's important to STAY in shape, as opposed to stopping and starting a vigorous exercise program.
I have a similar problem (perhaps), but I don't feel like it's that easily solved. I played collegiate athletics as well as intramurals, and I continue to play in leagues now that I have graduated. I never work out outside of when I play. Sometimes that will be months apart. If I play a game (football, soccer, basketball) I NEVER have the itching problem and when I just go out an jog I always have it. So, I don't feel like it's related to being out of shape, since I experienced this problem in college when I was in shape. I suppose that sports just keeps my mind off of it, but I'd still like to know what "it" is. Other possibilities?
I've had this same problem since childhood. It has nothing to do with circultaion or being out of shape like some people say. The condition is called Exercise uticaria. It is caused by a rise in body temp. Check out the link below to learn more.
I know exactly what you mean Nalla and ChattyCush! I have always been an active individual and use to run a lot. I gave up running a number of years ago now but have remained active. Ever since I tried to start running again I suffer from intense itching to the point where I just cannot run any longer. I definately didn't start off with a "vigorous exercise program". I've tried to push myself thru this but only end up feeling overwhelmed by the itch, short of breath, head feels dizzy and faintish and I think I'm going to be sick. I'm no where near my physical limits either when this happens. I've even tried just walking at a fast pace but it still happens. I've tested every scenario I can think of and have concluded that weather, clothing, temperature, creams, dry skin, laundry detergent, medication, hydration...has nothing to do with it. I'm really frustrated by this and must say the symptoms scare me a little. I've read all sorts of stuff and the only thing that makes sense is a histamine response. As I'm typing this my husband has decided he's going for a run! How I would love to join him!!! I'd love some answers/possible solutions if anyone has one.