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 Post subject: cold urticaria question
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:40 pm 

Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:28 pm
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Location: maryland
i was diagnosed with cold urticaria about ten years ago. i used to only get hives when being outside in the cold or swimming in cold water. Recently, i have noticed that when it is cold outside, i tend to become short of breath easier. This becomes much more noticeable when i'm running or jogging in the cold. my doctor once told me that it is possible to get hives in the throat. i'm wondering if the two are connected- does being in cold weather cause hives in the throat, and if so, do hives in the throat cause shortness of breath?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:42 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
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Location: Gatineau, Quebec
I don't know about hives, but there is such a thing as cold-induced anaphylaxis, and your shortness of breath could be indicative of this. Rather than hives, it could be the tissues in your airway swelling. I would personally see a specialist and make sure that you discuss this thoroughly. An EpiPen or Twinject might be warranted. It's not something you want to fool around with, obviously.

It might also be asthma. Hard to say. That also should be carefully looked into. (People with asthma at risk of anaphylaxis are at greater risk of dying from a reaction.)

If you do a Search (top menu - red text) using the words cold and urticaria you will see other threads about this topic.

See ... php?t=1950 for one discussion - included some links that I posted about cold-induced anaphylaxis (date of my post is Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:58 pm).

I don't mean to freak you out, but like I said, you don't want to fool around with something like an airway swelling shut.


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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