Are You Allergic To The Cold Weather? You May Have Cold Urticaria

It’s 2019 and Hell (Michigan) has officially frozen over…

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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.

For more information check out the source below.

Source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-hlth-cold-weather-allergy-0130-story.html

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