It’s 2019 and Hell (Michigan) has officially frozen over…
This has been one of the coldest Winters on record. But more importantly, Winter could mean life or death for some, if they suffer severely from a specific allergy.
Cold urticaria is a severe allergic reaction to cold temperatures. Anywhere from 5 to 35% of the population can suffer from this condition. This condition can range from hives to swelling of the airway resulting in difficulty breathing and swallowing making it life-threatening.
People who suffer from this condition that are exposed to cold weather for long periods of time are more prone to severe, systematic reactions; such as anaphylactic shock.
If you suffer from this or know someone who does there are a few ways to handle this extreme allergy:
- Carry an EpiPen or antihistamine medicine
- Protect yourself from the harsh Winter weather – proper clothing
- Limit time spent outdoors as best as you can
- Pay attention to your body – if you toes, fingers, ears etc. start to get numb, you’re in danger of frostbite, which could then trigger an allergic reaction
- Know the difference between being cold & dry vs cold & wet <– the later is more dangerous
- Important to note those with other chronic medicial conditions such as high blood pressure can have a stronger sensitivity to the cold weather – prepare properly by staying on top of medication
It’s always best to consult with a medical profession, if you feel that you may have cold urticaria.
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