BTS’ V revealed to his fans that he is suffering from cholinergic urticaria—a type of hives caused by increases in body temperature.
V responded to a fan’s post on July 14 at the group’s new global fan community, BTS Weverse, saying that he was experiencing the symptoms of his chronic condition at the moment. “No, I have a cholinergic allergy. I’m itchy, itchy.”, their idol commented.
Cholinergic urticaria, which is most commonly found in young adults, is a type of skin rash that typically manifests as a number of small, itchy red bumps. In severe cases, the hives may cause a stinging sensation in addition to itching, and the condition may also cause abdominal pain, dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
The condition may occur for any number of reasons: exercising, taking a hot bath or shower or even emotional stress because it links to the rise of a body temperature. After his post on BTS Weverse, the “cholinergic hives” began trending on multiple Korean portal sites as fans sought to learn more about the condition. Shortly, the search term hit No. 1 in Naver’s realtime search rankings.