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Every time I go into the cold I get hives. Could I be allergic?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Cold urticaria

Hives occurring while exposed to cold or while warming up after cold exposure are in a class of non-allergic conditions called physical urticaria.
No allergy antibodies are involved. Antihistamines taken 30-60 minutes before exposure may help. Swimming in cold ocean water can be fatal for those with cold urticaria.

In brief: Cold urticaria

Hives occurring while exposed to cold or while warming up after cold exposure are in a class of non-allergic conditions called physical urticaria.
No allergy antibodies are involved. Antihistamines taken 30-60 minutes before exposure may help. Swimming in cold ocean water can be fatal for those with cold urticaria.
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