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January 25, 2010

Cold Urticaria (aka, Allergy to Cold Temperatures)


Fox 10 News did a story on Cold Urticaria which basically is an allergy to cold temperatures. With cold temperature exposure whether it be cold air, ice cube, or even ice cream, it can cause an allergic reaction resulting in lip swelling, drop in blood pressure, rash, significant itchiness, etc. There has even been cases where a person will go into anaphylactic shock if they jump into a cold swimming pool.

Oddly enough, the symptoms typically occur AFTER warming up after a cold exposure due histamine release.

Beyond avoiding cold things, there's no "cure" for this condition. Symptoms can be controlled with antihistamines.

Watch the story below! Or read the story here. Here's another story from a different source.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

7 comments:

  1. That was a good video and a great post.

    I am always glad when people give press attention to the physical urticarias, because they are often ignored in the medical community.

    I have cholinergic urticaria, which means I get hives when my body heats up. It is the opposite of cold urticaria.

    What is even more strange, is that some have both cold urticaria and cholinergic urticaria at the same time! Can you imagine that.

    Anyway, thanks for the article and video, it was interesting!

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    1. Yes, I can imagine that. My daughter has both. You think having one or the other is no fun and difficult to manage, try having both!

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  2. Allergy to cold is somewhat difficult to explain this is when I'm exposed to temperature changes, or when I'm in a very cold air conditioning or as an eat ice cream

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  3. I have a 8 yr old son w/ severe cold urticaria.
    He has gone into anaphylaxis & respiratory arrest.
    It is now systemic where he can not eat anything cold and he has had reactions in 70 and 80 degree
    temps from sweating and the winds cooling on his
    skin. I am desperately seeking info from any other family with someone who unfortunately suffers with the same illness. This is so bizzare. We have no hereditary signs and am wondering about a seconday cause. Again, any help would be greatly appreciated. We live in Upper Michigan which makes things worse. God Bless!!

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  4. The worst part of cold urticaria is itchy thighs. Instead of "committing" to long underwear I discovered that full length zip on fleece leg warmers over my pants or stocking are quick and easy to put on and I can zip them off when I get to work, the gym, or my ride arrives. I got mine at http://www.ottertrek.com

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  5. Cold Urticaria Foundation
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