What is Cold Urticaria

Cold urticaria causes itchy welts or hives to develop when the skin is exposed to cold weather or water. People with cold urticaria may also experience different symptoms, such as swelling of hands when holding cold objects or severe reactions that may include anaphylaxis. If you think you may have cold urticaria, consulting a dermatologist can be helpful. A dermatologist can determine if you get skin reactions from cold temperatures and help you decrease your symptoms. Treatment for cold urticaria generally begins with avoiding what is causing your reaction. Medication, such as antihistamines, can also prevent symptoms associated with cold urticaria, including itchiness and hives.

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