Other Names for this Disease
- Cold contact urticaria
- Primary idiopathic cold urticaria
- Urticaria idiopathic cold
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hives) and/or swelling when skin is exposed to the cold (i.e. cold weather or swimming in cold water). This rash is usually apparent within 2-5 minutes after exposure and can last for 1-2 hours. The exact cause of cold urticaria is poorly understood in most cases. Rarely, it may be associated with an underlying blood condition or infectious disease. Treatment generally consists of patient education, avoiding exposures that may trigger a reaction, and/or medications.Cold urticaria is a condition that affects the skin. Signs and symptoms generally include reddish, itchy welts (
Last updated: 9/15/2015
- Marcus Maurer, MD. Cold urticaria. UpToDate. October 2014; Accessed 9/14/2015.
- Ngan V. Cold urticaria. DermNet NZ. December 29, 2013; http://dermnetnz.org/reactions/cold-urticaria.html. Accessed 7/8/2014.
- Cold urticaria. MayoClinic.com. November 15, 2011; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-urticaria/basics/definition/con-20034524?p=1. Accessed 7/8/2014.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- Mayo Clinic has an information page on Cold urticaria.
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