#SkinTalk: Everything you need to know about cold urticaria

#SkinTalk: Everything you need to know about cold urticaria

Cold urticaria is an allergic reaction caused by exposure to low temperatures. People who suffer from cold urticaria usually develop reddish, itchy welts, more popularly known as hives. However, the manifestation of its symptoms varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition.

When it comes to most people, soaking in extremely cold water can lead to shock, hypertension, and fainting.

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Cold urticaria is most common in young adults. If you feel like you might be suffering from it, you should immediately seek medical attention. Preventive treatments include taking antihistamines and avoiding extremely low temperatures.

Warning signs:

The manifestation of reddish, itchy welts (hives) on the affected skin area.

The reaction becomes worse as the temperature of the skin becomes warmer.

The hands become swollen while holding an object.

The lips become swollen while eating or drinking.

Severe symptoms:

The occurrence of an anaphylactic reaction could lead to shock, swollen limbs or torso, palpitation, and fainting.

The tongue and throat become swollen which could lead to difficulty breathing.

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In case you’re not aware, the symptoms of cold urticaria could happen as soon as there is a sudden exposure to cold temperature.  Low temperature coupled high humidity levels might likely trigger cold urticaria.

The worst case scenario is when a person with cold urticaria has full skin exposure to cold temperature (usually while swimming), which could lead to a sudden blackout and lethal suffocation underwater.

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