Posted by Shirley
on January 15, 2000 at 15:25:14:
In Reply to: Allergic to the Cold??? posted by Beth on January 14, 2000 at 09:59:31:
Yes, there is such a thing as getting hives due to the cold. In a book that I have called "The Canadian Allergy and Asthma Handbook" they site a case where a child was proven to get hives from cold. They tested him by putting an icecube on his arm for 5 minutes and then rewarmed the skin. He got a giant welt the shape of the icecube. The way they treated him was to give him antihistamines on a regular basis until the hive no longer occurred when they put ice on his skin. Extra care was needed when dressing for outdoors. And it said that the next winter there was some recurrence but the episodes were not nearly as severe. I know of a child who had this and was warned never to jump into a swimming pool as the doctor said she could become sort of one giant hive and die. It might be worth a visit to your doctor and depending on how severe your situation is you might inquire as to whether you need an epipen or not.