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Cold Urticaria: Can you really be allergic to the cold?

While winter in Central Ohio has been mild this year, there is a condition that can still affect people when the temperatures drop. Cold urticaria, which affects mostly children and teens, is basically an allergy to cold temperatures where the skin reacts – causing hives and other symptoms like itching. Like other allergies, cold urticaria […]

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While winter in Central Ohio has been mild this year, there is a condition that can still affect people when the temperatures drop.

Cold urticaria, which affects mostly children and teens, is basically an allergy to cold temperatures where the skin reacts – causing hives and other symptoms like itching. Like other allergies, cold urticaria can vary in severity. Some patients have minor reactions while others are more severe.

It can be triggered by cold air or cold water and usually only lasts for a few years.

Our allergists in Columbus, Ohio can talk you through this condition, which is manageable. Normally, treatment is antihistamines and avoiding cold air and cold water.

Full body – or systemic – reactions are rare and usually occur if the person affected is doing something like swimming in a cold body of water.

Generally, you should see an allergist in Columbus, Ohio if you experience symptoms to rule out underlying conditions that could cause cold urticaria. And if you or your child has dizziness, swelling of the tongue or throat or breathing issues, seek emergency care.

The cause of this condition is unknown. To test for it, your allergist in Columbus, Ohio will place an ice cube on the skin for a few minutes and watch for a reaction.

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