Allergic To the Cold?

Posted 06-13-2012 at 12:26 PM by whitneywalters

My two year old daughter was just diagnosed with Cold Urticaria. Basically this means when she gets too cold her body has an allergic reaction. We found out after swimming in a really cold pool. She was not even in the water for 15 minutes before all the kids wanted out. I got her inside and was getting her out of her swim suit when I saw she was covered head to toe in hives. The rash got worse as I watched it, her belly looked like it had little welts all over it. I got her all dressed, gave her a dose of benadryl and called the clinic. I also took pictures of the rash so I could show them what it looked like before medicine.

She fell asleep and when she woke up the rash was gone, the clinic told me to keep a close eye on her overnight and bring her in for a check up in the morning.

Meanwhile I was online trying to see what might be causing the rash when I found information on Cold Urticaria, I could not believe what I was reading.

The next morning I took her in and the doctor confirmed that is what was going on with her. He told us that at this time it looks like her form is mild and we should still be able to do all the normal activities we did before. I was really worried that she would not be able to swim, play in the sprinkler or enjoy the winter weather anymore. He told us that we should keep her out of pools if the water level was cold ( it needs to be at least 75 ) and that when we are enjoying these activities we just need to monitor her. If she did start to break out we need to get her inside, warmed up and give her benadrayl . He also told me to always be watching for signs that her reaction got worse. If she ever started having breathing issues then we would need to take her in and they would have to reevaluate her.

We have gone swimming and played in the sprinkler since without having any issues. I still am worried about the situation but I will admit I am relieved that we have been able to continue with normal life activities thus far. The real worry I have now is winter, I will have to cross that bridge when we come to it and in the mean time we will pray she outgrows this like a lot of kids do.

Filed Under: Family Health, Mommy Talk

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11 Responses to “Allergic To the Cold?”

  1. AnnaMurnane on June 13th, 2012 3:16 pm


    I have never hear of this, glad to hear its a mild form, and your little one will still get to enjoy some of the things you like to do.

  2. qsefthuko on June 13th, 2012 8:35 pm


    I’m glad it is a mild form. I too have never heard of it. My daughters legs and body started swelling up and became covered in the splotchies(hives) because of bug bites. It can be scary.

  3. dreamingkristin on June 13th, 2012 9:36 pm


    My DD is also allergic to cold…
    While swimming in a natural warm water lake she got out and a cool wind blew she immedialty starting itching and complaining and broke out in hives (which later for her turns to the sandpapery excema rash) We gave her bendryl and talked to her allergist about it – who confirmed the thoughts I was having… told us to keep the epipen with us just incase of a worse reaction (which thanfully we had never seen) I hadn’t ever thought that was possible and we always thought it was something in the water she was swimming in. It doesn’t happen every time we swim either.. its random – I always compare her allergies to a bucket… depending on what she has had to eat (she has food allergies too), the weather, enviormental allergies, etc.. her ‘bucket’ can only take so much at once and as long as her ‘bucket’ isn’t very full it doesn’t bother her but when her ‘bucket gets very full we add one more thing to it (like the cold lake – or a few too many bites of ice cream- milk allergy)she reacts as her ‘bucket’ overflows into a reaction…
    In winter time her hands (pretty much the only real exposed part of her with the exception of her face which doens’t usually have reactions besides excema)are completley raw.. we don’t get the hives but her hands get raw.. We first thought it was dry skin or playing in water or something at school in the winter (or nuts she was toughing) but it all goes away on warmer days…
    it is the weirdest thing but she (and everything about her) keeps us on our toes!

  4. ajaitz_07 on June 14th, 2012 7:57 am


    So Sorry for you & your LO. I know it can be hard wondering how everyday things are going to affect them. My DD has a mild sun sensitivity & when she is in the sun for even a few minutes she gets beet red. If I keep her inside it will go away.She loves being outside so I’m glad most of our yard is in the shade. I hope she grows out of this!!

  5. emprenti on June 14th, 2012 1:19 pm


    I had this as a child (I live in Canada, too, for extra fun!). I grew out of it. Best wishes to your daughter! :)

  6. philenabean on June 14th, 2012 8:35 pm


    I had this as a child, though never diagnosed, and I still occasionally suffer from bouts at 30 years old!

  7. twinmomstl on June 14th, 2012 9:30 pm


    I developed this recently. It is very weird, never had a problem when I was little. Sorry to hear your LO has this.

  8. Hannabert2011 on June 15th, 2012 9:59 am


    I had this growing up. I would have HUGE welts on my legs. It affected me less and less as I grew-up. Good luck mama!

  9. scamara on June 16th, 2012 4:06 pm


    I was actually officially diagnosed with Cold Urticaria this year, although I have been suffering from the symptoms for about 10 years. Luckily, it only causes the hives and I’ve never had any breathing problems. My doc suggested that I take Claritin or Zyrtec everyday, but since I don’t like taking medicine like that, i just take it on days that I know I’ll be exposed to cold. So far, that has worked great for me. Hope you’re encouraged that it’s a manageable, although somewhat annoying, condition:)

  10. maple79vt on June 17th, 2012 10:30 am


    My daughter battles ths as well. It can make it a challenge living in NY. We’ve learned how to keep her warm. We use lots of corn heat packs in the winter. Small one that go in her coat pocket. She now wears an Amber Necklace which has provided her with the freedom to go outside in the snow to play for very small stints. It’s a lifestyle adjustment. She also reacts if she gets to hot so moving south won’t really help her either.

  11. Laura Lou on July 7th, 2012 11:11 pm


    wow. I’ve never heard of this. how can a person be Allergic to cold? That’s so curious. I need to do some reseatch on this. I’m sorry so many of you have gotten these symptoms; I hate allergies. they’re one of the biggest health problems I struggle against.

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