Cold induced uticaria

Posted by robino001 @robino001, Nov 10, 2017

Hi. My son recently was diagnosed with cold induced uticaria this summer after he started getting hives, dizziness, and stomach aches after swimming. He just turned 12 and this is new to him. He also has started reacting to the cold temperatures after he plays soccer in the evening even if he takes allegra before hand. He will still get hives and feel crummy even dizzy. We live in the northeast and it is starting to impede his activities. I do not want him outside if it is below 40 degrees for more than 10 or 15 minutes. As the allegra is not preventing this, does anyone have any other suggestions on what to do? (ps..he had a ice-cube test and DID NOT react).

Hello @robino001, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for posting! I can understand your concern!
Have you talked with your sons pediatrician about this? Is there another type of antihistamine that his primary would be willing to have you try besides Allegra?

Here is a link to what Mayo Clinic has to offer on information for cold induced uticaria-
Also, I read on the link above that the other things you can do to help prevent a recurrent episode of cold urticaria:
•Take an over-the-counter antihistamine before cold exposure.
•Take medications as prescribed.
•Protect your skin from the cold or sudden changes in temperature. For example, wear a wetsuit when swimming in cold water. Some people have had success with this method, but it isn’t proved.
•Avoid ice-cold drinks and food to prevent swelling of your throat.
•If your doctor prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector (Epipen, Auvi-Q, others), keep it with you to help prevent serious reactions.
•If you’re scheduled for surgery, talk with your surgeon beforehand about your cold urticaria. The surgical team can take steps to help prevent cold-induced symptoms in the operating room.

I did see that another member, @jewel8888, has also talked about cold induced uticaria. I’ve tagged Jewel here hoping that she is willing to share her experiences with you, or maybe share some tips on how symptoms were personally handled.

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