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Doctor insights on: Link Between Urticaria Cold Induced Stroke

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I have raynaud's and cold-induced urticaria. Does this put me at any greater risk for a stroke?

I have raynaud's and cold-induced urticaria. Does this put me at any greater risk for a stroke?

Yes: Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic response of small blood vessels in the digits to external cold. It is a risk factor for stroke. You probably can't eliminate your cause of raynaud's as its ultimately genetic in origin. You can control other risk factors for stroke like cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


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What to do if I have cold induced urticaria (hives) and would like some suggestions to help reduce my reaction.?

What to do if I have cold induced urticaria (hives) and would like some suggestions to help reduce my reaction.?

Avoidance: Avoiding cold exposure if possible. However many people need to take antihistamines to prevent symptoms. See an allergist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is cold induced urticaria dangerous? I have hives on legs, itch, after a walk in the cold.

Is cold induced urticaria dangerous? I have hives on legs, itch, after a walk in the cold.

No: Not dangerous unless affects your airway. Use antihistamines for itching. Avoid the cold, dress warmly. ...Read more

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Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Usually not: There have been studies of barbiturate induced coma and hypothermia in many stroke patients. Outcomes have been mixed or disappointing, and still the best approach is acute t-pa, given in the emergency dept. ...Read more

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Whats cold contact urticaria?

Whats cold contact urticaria?

Hives with cold skin: People who have cold induced urticaria release histamine in their skin when it cools. People react at different temperatures. If you place an ice cube on your skin you will develop a hive at the site (see photo). Keep warm, cover skin in cold air, take antihistamines. Swimming in cold water and cold drinks can be fatal. See an allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Whats cold contact urticaria cure?

Whats cold contact urticaria cure?

Heat, antihistamine : First avoid temperatures colder than the temperature which causes your hives. Second cover as much of your skin as possible. Third, because the hives are due to the release of histamine in your skin when it cools, antihistamines will minimize or control the symptoms. See an allergist. Avoid swimming in cold water and drinking cold drinks to prevent potentially life threatening reactions. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between sarcoid and cold urticaria?

Is there a connection between sarcoid and cold urticaria?

No: They are caused by totally different mechanisms as far as we can understand since the exact mechanism for either condition is not entirely clear even though we have a lot of information on them. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of familial cold urticaria?

What are the most common symptoms of familial cold urticaria?

Symptoms include: Rash, conjunctivitis, fever/chills and arthralgias. You would certainly be suspicious since it is an autosomal dominant genetic condition. One parent would be affected and sometimes, several siblings. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting familial cold urticaria?

Are some people more prone to getting familial cold urticaria?

Yes: It is a genetic disease inherited in an autosomal dominate pattern. So if you inherit the gene from a parent who has it, you will also have the same problems with hives, fever, and joint pain on cold exposure. ...Read more