Cold Induced Urticaria – How To Deal With This Condition?

Cold Induced Urticaria

For people living in warmer climates, cold induced urticaria can be a breeze to manage. However, for those of use that are residing in the areas of the world that have a seasonal fall and winter, this form of physical urticaria can be quite a nuisance, and in some cases, very serious. While this condition when caused by heat, stress or exercise can be more easily managed by antihistamines (the most common hives treatment for adults) and also oatmeal baths and other natural remedies for hives, the condition when caused by the cold outside environment can be much more difficult to deal with.

Hives in toddlers, children and adults when exposed to the cold is most easily managed by avoiding exposure to cold. This could mean skipping a snowball fight, and not hopping into a chilly lake. Cold induced urticaria is caused by external sources of chill, and is often diagnosed by cold tests given by a doctor or allergist.

To prevent symptoms, cover yourself as much as possible should you have to go outside when it is cold. This means hats, scarves and gloves. Skin left exposed can be a target for cold induced urticaria. For people with a severe sensitivity, a low air conditioning setting or sweat on the skin that is rapidly cooled can trigger a reaction. Avoiding these situations is key for controlling the recurrence of symptoms.

If you have developed hives from exposure to cold, you might be surprised to find that dunking the affected areas into a tub of hot water doesn’t immediately relieve symptoms. They may hang around for a day or more. However, warming the body after exposure will help stop the formation of new hives and so gentle heat or warming to the body and affected area will help stymie the production of new whelps and bumps.

Medical treatment is important for people suffering from cold induced urticaria. An evaluation of your symptoms and body’s response to stimuli will help determine how sensitive you are, which will in turn provide you with the information you need to determine how severe your symptoms are and how cautious you need to be. Your doctor can also talk to you about the use of antihistamines during the seasons you might be affected and proper dosage of same. Seek medical advice for your condition, in conjunction with lifestyle changes for the maximum chances of success in managing this unusual condition.