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Cold urticaria


Other Names for this Disease
  • Cold contact urticaria
  • Primary idiopathic cold urticaria
  • Urticaria idiopathic cold
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Overview

Cold urticaria is a condition that affects the skin. Signs and symptoms generally include reddish, itchy welts (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.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 9/15/2015

References

  1. Marcus Maurer, MD. Cold urticaria. UpToDate. October 2014; Accessed 9/14/2015.
  2. Ngan V. Cold urticaria. DermNet NZ. December 29, 2013; http://dermnetnz.org/reactions/cold-urticaria.html. Accessed 7/8/2014.
  3. 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.
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Basic Information

  • 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.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
  • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Cold urticaria. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Cold contact urticaria
  • Primary idiopathic cold urticaria
  • Urticaria idiopathic cold
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.