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Is it possible to be allergic to cold, and can it cause skin swelling ?

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Dr. Douglas Johnston
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Cold urticaria

Yes it is possible to develop hives and swelling to the cold.
This is not acually an "allergy" but rather an abnormal response by the body that can occur in some people. Cold urticaria is classified as a physical urticaria and this can be demonstrated in the doctor's office by placing an ice cube on the arm for 5 minutes and observe for the development of hives and swelling as the skin rewarms.

In brief: Cold urticaria

Yes it is possible to develop hives and swelling to the cold.
This is not acually an "allergy" but rather an abnormal response by the body that can occur in some people. Cold urticaria is classified as a physical urticaria and this can be demonstrated in the doctor's office by placing an ice cube on the arm for 5 minutes and observe for the development of hives and swelling as the skin rewarms.
Dr. Douglas Johnston
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Dr. Chris Hawley
Family Medicine
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In brief: Cold

Some people's skin can be very sensitive to cold and their skin releases histamine that can cause redness and swelling.
Look up cold urticaria for more information.

In brief: Cold

Some people's skin can be very sensitive to cold and their skin releases histamine that can cause redness and swelling.
Look up cold urticaria for more information.
Dr. Chris Hawley
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