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    Question Anyone else allergic to cold???

    I went swimming with DS this morning in a heated pool. After about 20 minutes I started to get really itchy legs. I started scratching and the itch started to spread to my arms and back, so I decided to get out and get dressed. When I got out of the water I noticed I was covered in hives.
    The only time I had this before was when I was swimming a handful of times at the local beach. Because I kept getting the hives, I stopped swimming in the open sea, thinking something in the water wasn't agreeing with me.
    I thought the same of the pool. However, I started to get a little dizzy and short of bread, so I drove straight home and took some Telfast and rubbed my body with anti histamine cream.

    Coincidentally, I started seeing an allergy specialist a few weeks back because of an allergic reaction I had at the hospital a few months back after surgery.
    So I thought I would ring and see if they could squeeze me in this afternoon. I showed him photos of the hives (which had settled after a few hours and having used the cream and taken the tablet), though the itch was still there.
    I mentioned that this had happened before when going to the beach, but I had forgotten all about it or else I would've told him about it the last time I saw him.
    He took 1 quick look at the photos to make a diagnoses. He also got a nurse to put an icecube in a rubber glove and taped it to my arm and left it there for 10 minutes. When the nurse removed the icecube, I had quite a big hive on that spot.

    I am allergic to cold water and cold air. It's called acquired cold urticaria
    He said he hates prescribing epi pens, but seeing as I have had a few bloodpressure crashes before, he decided to give me an epi pen.
    If I were to fall off a boat or go swimming or even walk in the rain and get soaked, I could get an anaphylactic reaction (drop in blood pressure) and pass out and drown.

    I have never heard of such a strange allergy before Does anyone else literally have an allergy to cold? It can be very dangerous. If you have ever noticed getting hives after swimming in cool/cold water, please keep an eye on it and if they don't settle when getting into a warm environment, go get yourself checked by a doctor.

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    I have never heard of that before but I just want to say what a horrible allergy to have! At least you can avoid nuts, etc but being cold? I hope you dont live in Melbourne!

    I hope you can get some relief from this condition....if possible

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    I used to work at a school and we had a student who was anaphylactic to sudden changes in temperature.

    I couldn't wrap my head around it either. At least now you know though. Make sure you keep your pen in you and get an ID bracelet stating your allergy clearly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle_N View Post
    I have never heard of that before but I just want to say what a horrible allergy to have! At least you can avoid nuts, etc but being cold? I hope you dont live in Melbourne!

    I hope you can get some relief from this condition....if possible
    I'll be ok. Just got to stay away from cold pools, ******s, flooded areas (it floods here quite often with heavy rain), cold airconditioned places, etc.
    I will put a pen in my car and 1 in a kitchen cupboard where DS cant reach. So if anything does happen, there will be a pen nearby.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sparker View Post
    I used to work at a school and we had a student who was anaphylactic to sudden changes in temperature.

    I couldn't wrap my head around it either. At least now you know though. Make sure you keep your pen in you and get an ID bracelet stating your allergy clearly.
    Yeah I don't understand how I could get such an odd allergy. It seems that even doctors do not know what causes it. Only a few people have got it genetically, but most acquire the condition at some stage in their lives.
    I will make sure there is always a pen nearby. I actually have charm bracelet that I wear 24/7. I might add a charm to it that has my allergy identified on it.

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    I had this!! It started late highschool and only recently disappeared. No Dr i seen about it ever mentioned the need for an epi pen though for its management.
    It was a total pain in the ***. Always had to be totally covered during winter and it was embarrassing to have to be so careful as to not get the rash. Even in summer the beach was off limits, and having the aircon directly on me was a no no.
    I've never known anyone else that had it, and most people look at me like Im crazy when i explain it, so i feel your pain!
    I hope you grow out of it like i did for the most part!

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    Yep my DH has it! Seriously bizarre!

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    Wow, thats insane. I have bad reactions to the cold (anything below 21*C triggers an athsma attach) But I have never heard of anything like that!

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    I'm allergic to water! I think the allergies are related (or so specialist says) and is also related to temperature induced asthma. Something to do with your body recognizing the rapid constriction/dilation of surface blood vessels as an allergy response, causing histamine production.

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    Yep, ive written about it on here before. First episode was when i 13, i had a reaction to an ice pack. Since then its been getting worse, if i go swimming i get covered in hives, i go all dizzy and feel sick.

    I avoid anything that i think will give me a reaction. I feel im at the stage that i will go into anaphylactic shock if im exposed. My reaction is really fast and more severe. My dr had no clue what it was, until he researched it for me.

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    The only reason I got the epi pen is because I already have low blood pressure problems. With an anaphylactic shock, the bloodpressure drops rapidly. So if you're already prone to having low bloodpressure, you're doomed. The epi pen will raise your blood pressure immediately, so the risk of cardiac arrest is lower that way.

    Like the doctor said, he doesn't like prescribing the pens and only does it when he thinks it is really necessary. So I guess it can't hurt to have it with me just in case. I am not going to use it when I only have the hives. I will use it if/when I get symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, severe swelling, inability to speak, etc.
    I can treat the hives with some hydrocortizone cream and antihistamine tablets


 

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