Posted by Kelsie (Pickering, On, Canada) on 05/08/2012
Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any experience Cold Urticaria. I first developed symptoms about 3 years ago. I would develop and rash and sometimes hives when swimming outdoors. At first thought I was allergic to chlorine, maybe pollen in the water, or a sun allergy (I take several medication for RA, that could cause sun sensitivity). It was only this past summer that I determined it was the cold. One day my parents left their pool heater on all night, the temp. Of the pool was almost 90 degrees. I went swimming and only developed a very slight rash after 45 minutes of being in the pool.
I searched for cold allergies online, and found that it was a condition. A simple test is to rub and icecube on your arm, if a rash or hives develop within 30 seconds to a couple of minutes, then you have your answer. I did this and sure enough, the rash was there.
I later discovered my Father had a similiar problem, in his early thirties, after a couples of years it went away.
This past winter (I live in Canada), I started to developing the rash just from being outdoors and now even whent the weather is 10 degrees, or cool and windy I develop this rash. My skin turns bright red, sometimes a solid rash and sometimes blotchy, and it burns. I have seen hives only a couple of times.
I do have lots of environmental and animal allergies, as well as asthma, some food sensitivites (wheat and dairy), and RA (rheumatoid arthritis). Clearly my immune system is struggling in general.
Any advice or experience with Cold Urticaria (or any of my immune related issues) would be greatly appeciated.
p.s. family doc advised me to 'bundle up'... Thanks for the help doc!