Cold Induced Urticaria
Cold urticaria, a chronic skin condition, results from sudden exposure to cold stimuli. This can include activities like swimming in chilly waters, sipping cold beverages, or handling ice-cold objects. It predominantly affects children and young adults, and while its exact cause remains elusive, it’s been linked to infections and specific health conditions. Fortunately, in many cases, cold urticaria resolves within a few years.
Symptoms of cold urticaria include itchy, red skin and welts after cold exposure. These reactions often worsen as the skin warms up. In severe cases, symptoms can include lip or hand swelling and even systemic reactions like fainting and shock. Seeking a diagnosis from a board-certified allergist or dermatologist is advisable if you experience such symptoms after cold exposure. To manage cold urticaria, consider preventive measures like using over-the-counter antihistamines before cold exposure, testing for skin reactions before swimming, and avoiding extremely cold items like ice cream.