Over the next three months Josh became quite ill with extreme joint paint, stomach cramps, headaches and tiredness. He had numerous trips to different hospitals with various blood tests and allergy tests.
Finally Dr Fox, from St Thomas’s hospital in London diagnosed Josh as having chronic urticaria. Josh was having delayed anaphylactic reactions to the cold, caused by his swimming lessons where he was having a full body exposure to the cold. Urticaria is when your body reacts to physical elements as opposed to food allegies. He also struggles with the heat.
Josh is currently on daily medication which is working for him. To find out he was allergic to the cold was very upsetting and alarming as a parent.
Allergy UK cover Urticaria and I wanted to help raise money to increase the awareness of this rare condition and help others by taking part in the Cambridge Half Marathon 2018.