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.