Cold Allergies and What Can Be Done About Them

People can develop allergies to a wide variety of things, including pollen, dust, animal dander, foods & viruses. Some individuals even have cold allergies.

Question

What exactly are cold alleriges, and what can be done about them? I was recently diagnosed as having an allergy to the cold, and although the doctor tried to explain it to me, I didn’t fully understand what it is. She said the only way to fight off the allergic reaction was to take an antihistamine before going outside. I was wondering if that was the only course of prevention, or if there was some other way.
Pam Smith – High School Student – Ontario, Canada

Dr. Greene`s Answer:

The immune system is an intricate, interconnected network designed to protect our bodies from the dangers of the world around us, especially the danger of invasion from infectious organisms of all types or from the civil war of our own cancerous cells turned against us. The immune system includes many types of white blood cells, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, a host of specific antibodies, cilia (hair cells for sweeping away unwanted particles), the spleen, tonsils, adenoids, and our largest organ — the flexible, complex barrier we call skin.

An allergy happens when part of the immune system goes awry. In its enthusiasm to protect us, the response by the immune system is sometimes so exuberant that it is worse than whatever precipitated it. People can develop allergies to a wide variety of things, including pollen, dust, animal dander, foods, and viruses. Some individuals have an allergic response to being in cold air or water.

Symptoms of Cold Allergies

This allergic response can take several forms, from rashes to wheezing – and then some! The main symptoms might be on the skin, in the blood, in the urine, in the nose or in the chest. Cold allergies can even cause generalized fatigue and decreased ability to learn.

Some people develop hives on the skin when they encounter cold temperatures. This condition, called cold urticaria, is the most common type of hives caused by a physical condition. The hives are produced by a rapid release of histamine brought about by IgE antibodies and eosinophils (a type of white blood cell often involved in allergic reactions) in response to the cold. Rapid cooling, as from the evaporation when one gets out of a swimming pool, can trigger cold urticaria even on a warm day. For people with cold urticaria, swimming in very cold water is quite dangerous, sometimes even causing death.

Treatment for Cold Allergies

Treatment of cold urticaria involves avoiding the cold, when possible, and taking antihistamines. The antihistamines are best taken before exposure to cold temperatures to block some of the histamine release. Many of the over-the-counter antihistamines interfere with learning. I recommend a nonsedating drug, such as loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec).

Underlying Conditions

Sometimes cold urticaria is a symptom of another problem, such as cryofibrinogenemia, cryoglobulinemia, or syphilis. Even when it is not, you can develop cold urticaria after receiving a blood transfusion from someone who has it. Most people don’t know that allergies can be transmitted in transfusions, but they can (Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, WB Saunders, 2000)! For some people, cold urticaria is a lifelong condition; for others, it is temporary — only during and after an infection, such as mycoplasma or mononucleosis.

Both mononucleosis and mycoplasma infections can produce another type of cold allergy in the blood. Following these and a variety of other viral infections, exposure to the cold can cause anemia from allergic bursting of some of the red blood cells. Anemia can result in fatigue and other symptoms, including decreased ability to learn.

Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria is another specific type of cold allergy, often associated with syphilis, in which cold temperatures make the urine turn red with blood. These people should avoid being chilled until the effects of the underlying infection have ended.

Cold Allergies Triggers

Breathing cold air can also trigger nasal congestion and wheezing. Sometimes this is a purely physical effect. This happens in two ways.

First, cold air affects an important defense mechanism called mucus transport. The entire respiratory system is coated with a very thin mucous blanket. Cold air stimulates an increase in mucus production, but mucus (like other substances), becomes thicker in colder temperatures.

The second area where cold air physically affects respiratory health is in the nose tissue. The hardy nose is a remarkable organ designed to condition inhaled air to protect the delicate internal structures. When breathing through the nose, you may breathe in air at 40 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but within a quarter of a second, the air temperature is quickly brought to 98.6. Many tiny blood vessels, known as capillaries, bring about this temperature exchange. When a person breathes cold air, the tissues lining the nose swell as the capillaries dilate, bringing warm blood to heat the cool air. Swollen capillaries in the nose are the cause of nasal congestion (nasal congestion is backed-up blood, not increased mucus). In addition to the congestion, the mucus in the nose, as we’ve said, increases and becomes thicker. This happens more in some people than in others. Thus cold air, by itself, can produce both nasal congestion and stuffiness. These can be treated with decongestants and/or antihistamines.

Cold Allergies Prevention

Sometimes the runny nose, congestion, and/or wheezing are a true allergic response to cold temperatures. If this is the case, preventive medicines such as cromolyn (Nasalcrom) or fluticasone (Flonase) can work well for the nose, and cromolyn (Intal), nedocromil (Tilade), fluticasone (Flovent) or the like, can work well to prevent wheezing. A variety of natural remedies have also been proven to help prevent these types of allergies, including quercetin/vitamin C, stinging nettle, saline nose drops, saline eye drops, and a nightly massage.

The most important step in treating allergies is to identify what triggers them. You are on your way, Pam, with the observation that cold causes your symptoms. Now that you know this, you can work with you doctor to find the best combination of treatments to keep your allergic response in check and allow your immune system to get on with more important business.

Medical Review on: January 18, 2015
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I’m 40 years old male. Perfectly healthy , however after I got allergy to dust , I had sore throat. And the next day I took shower I had all my body covered with hives & so itchy. I think it’ll be gone by the next day. I get out from the house the next day temperature was 30 F , I was only using my short pants and shirts. Usually nothing happens to me , within minutes my legs covered with lots of bumps. I confused why this happened to me. I googled to find what caused allergy to me. Is it possible because my allergic reaction to dust caused me to have sore throat triggered another allergy to cold ? This is the first time I have allergy to cold. I don’t take medication, so far I only drink ginger, honey & turmeric with honey. It doesn’t cure it but it seems ease my allergy to cold a little bit.

I have recently developed urticaria. I was told by my doctor to take Allegra 180mg twice a day. I don’t do well with antihistamines so I decided to start with children’s 30mg. I have learned that if I take the 30mg first thing in the morning, I have no symptoms the whole day. Just passing this along. It works for me.

Hi Bobby,

Fabulous tip. And great to hear it’s working for you.

Best, @MsGreene
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Hi Dr. My sister expriences sever cough for more than 2 weeks after exposure cold air then she imptoves with treatement. Sometimes coughing associated with subcutanous swelling arround her back and breast but disappears after some days. Even with normal air condition she develops symptom when she sits arround window with glass. Is could be cold allergy? If so can antihistam treat it?
Thank you

Hi! I am recently diagnosed with Cold Urticaria. My hives usually appear after several minutes of being exposed to cold temperatures. I’ve had this since I was maybe in high school(can’t remember when exactly) but it got worse now. It started breaking out on my arms and legs the day I started my fasting (intermittent diet). I was shocked to see a lot of hives on my arms and legs. My doctor told me that it may be because my immune system was weak as I started fasting and was exposed to cold temperatures at work.

I visited a dermatologist who performed a lot of blood tests (and they were all normal) and an ice test to see if it is really cold urticaria. I developed a giant hive on the area tested, hence positive.

He gave me emergency meds (Prednisolone 40mg) to take for when the hives get severe. He also told me to carry antihistamines (I have all sorts of antihistamines Telfast, Claritin, Zyrtec name it I have it) in my pouch all the time.

I have hives almost everyday as it is pretty cold in my workplace but I try not to take antihistamines as much because I don’t want my system to get used to it. I am also trying to frequently expose myself to cold temperatures in hopes that my system would eventually be used to it and not react to it anymore. I’m still testing this so i’m not really sure if it’ll work.

I’m really hoping it’ll make me better as I will be traveling to Georgia (the country) in December and the temp there could be as low as -4 degree Celsius.

I am very much interested to know how to survive winter with this condition. It will be my first time to experience winter so I am a bit worried. Thanks

WHEN I GET CONTACT WITH SOMETHING COLD MORE SPECIAL IN THE MORNING MY SKIN GET ITCHING ON THE VERY PART THAT HAS CONTACTED THE COLDNESS. OR WHEN I GET EXPOSED TO COLD WHEATHER THE PART OF THE BODY THAT IS EXPOSED TO COLDNESS START ITCHING AND PROBABLY DEVELOP SOME RASH

Hello sir or madam
Whenever I drink cold water or eat cold substance then after sometimes I sneez for 2-3 times and some irritation(etching) occurs in ear or may be in nose .
So please suggest me suitable treatment or remedy.
As I am taking antidepressant from last 3 yrs so may be my problem is the side impact.

Hello Dr Greene.

I don’t get the hives but I am constantly sneezing and stuffy from the beginning of September when the hot weather starts to cool. I’ve had it for years since I was a child but never knew it was an allergy until last year when my gp told me after a routine blood test.

I’m wondering if there’s a connection between this allergy and getting a really bad cold that lasts for days?

Last year I had the allergy symptoms and end of October 2017 I had a bad cold, this year the same again just a bit earlier this time.

Doctor, is it possible that my condition also is cold uticaria? My throat is allergic to cold water. Just a bit of cold food/water entering my mouth makes my throat hurts and sometimes it has pus in it. Been with this allergy for years. Now I have a cough and my throat is acting up again. What can I do to cure it?

You should ask to be tested for cryoglobulinmea

hi sir,
every time my uncle breathe cold air, his head become cold and he suffers from runny nose . what is the cause of this condition ? is it a type of cold allergy or something else?
and what is the treatment for his condition?

Please sir i have been experiencing this rashes on different parts of my skin. It is very itchy and stings. It all started when i went to camp, the cold there was much. For the past one year it has been like this. I have tried so many drugs all to no avail. What should i do sir

Whether it is cold allergy or not, my problems are chilling cold in both earlobes, spinal area, both elbows and both knees followed by heavy discharge of mucus from throat and nose continuously till warm clothes and cappings are put on. These occur mostly during winter season and when exposed to highly chilled AC. Even during sunny days I use to wear ear caps, elbow caps and knee caps and warm clothes.

Same problem with me too this usually happens in winter season and whenever I got in cold temperature this shit started to grow.Its been five years now I am suffering from this all I need is take medicine whenever you need to go to cold climate . Isn’t there any solution for this problem.

!!If you developed cold allergy/urticaria, check also your Vitamin D level.
For me taking the D3 supplements(my level was 25ng/mL, normal range is considered 30-100, but found afterwards that optimum value would be around 80) was like a real miracle and the allergy disappeared(now my skin is back normal when and after spending time in cold weather, but still taking the supplements). I have developed cold urticaria on 1st of February 2017 and before finding about Vitamin D3(september 2017), took several other pills( Cetirizin, Loratadin and a lot of others antihistamine pills, several times I has treated with Prednison and also hydrocortisone succinat – no one was working totally fine). Before checking my Vitamin D levels, done a lot of blood tests (cryoglobulins, agglutinin to cold and a lot of others, but all of them were ok) and i had some serious episodes even in the summer after spending the night at less than 20 degrees Celsius. I have also Hashimotos Thyroiditis and somehow this helped me to understand that it might be a connection(mostly of the people with Hashimotos have D3 deficiency). It took me months to find a working solution and I think i have visited more than 15 doctors (allergologist, dermatologist, endocrinologist and other specialties and no one was able to figure out the cause or how this can be solved).
If you are searching about the connection between allergy to cold and Vitamin D deficiency, on Google, you will find some studies and successful stories about it. As it took me months to find this solution for my health issue(almost all my free time I have spend on reading about allergy to cold), I am more than happy to share it with you and really hope that it will help you too. Checked this article and the comments several times to see if somebody else found any solution to it. Tried also with olive oil pills(as somebody recommended below), but for me it was not working. On facebook, there are some groups about Vitamin Defiency and for me was helpful to join them.

Pleas help me fightthe cold alergy I get rushes all over body especially in limbs n digits as s soon as I took bath or use coldwater

Could You possible tell me the source of your Info on mono causing cold urticaria , or where I can fing more info ? My daughter developed cold urticaria last right after having mono . It is hard to find info on it . All the dr.s we have seen including her allergist tell me I’m nuts , there is no correlation. Does getting the urticaria from mono make it more or less likely to be treatable ? How does the mono cause this?

I’m a Indian my son is a problem all dr sa my son face in side all water infection I want a soulusan

sir i have a allergy to cold ,dust and many more .And whether its cold days or really hot and warm days ,everyday i have watery nose and eyes and this has been a huge problem to me.Also when i open an book which hadnt been open for many times or clean my clothes or whatever i do i will start sneezing continously for about aan hour and slowly it stops for that day. But again next day especially at the morning i will have same problem.Because of this i have visited to many physicians and they had recommended me many medicines and nasal sprays but its always the same.So plz help me what to do 😑

Doc I have cold air as well allergy on temperature changes.Wearing a cap helps,in winter heaters also cause sneezing as cold air does.I take anti allergic medicines they help.Any advice.Nasal drip and mucus flows in cold air.

Dr. Greene,
i’m having a hives for more than 6 months. i took a skin test allergy ang having a result of allergy in eggplant, strawberries and seabass. for 2 weeks i stopped eating these 3 kind of food but my hives continuously appearing. sometimes it appears on my neck and face and have a difficulty in breathing. sometimes in hands and have a feeling of swollen hands. sometimes on the whole body starting on my hands, chest, tummy, on my back, neck and face. it feels so itchy. sometimes i first feel the sudden burning of my ear. can you help me on this matter or do you have any suggestion?

HI
I HAVE SUFFERING FROM COLD AND FLU WHOLE YEAR SINCE 2013. I HAD SEPTUM DEVIATION SURGERY ON FEB 2016. I HAVE USED ALL THE ALLERGY TABLET AND SPARY . BUT I AM HAVING SAME PROBLEM TILL NOW. HOW CAN I GET BETTER FROM THIS WHAT TREATEMENT CAN I GET

Dr. Greene: Thank you for such easy to understand explanations for my condition of always getting sick when sitting in cold room or under blowing a/c for more than 15 minutes. I have fluticasone and Advil cold and sinus. Will use both before going out. Here in So. Ca if temps go above 85 all restaurants and movies are 65 or so. Thanks again.

Dear Dr:
This is Akmal from Kabul Afghanistan. Since last two weeks I see some allergy when I wash my hand and foots with cold water. After touching with the cold water, few minutes later till my hands and feet are wet, it is reacting with itching, pain and tingling. Can you recommend me the medicine.

thax Akmal

Hi Akmal. An antihistamine before washing with with cold water will often stop or decrease the reaction. Examples include cetirizine (Zyrtec) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Benadryl makes many people drowsy. Letting the water warm up a bit might solve the problem without medicine. All the best – DrGreene

My Joan, from Nigeria. I usually have hitchy ear and throat any time I sit I inside air conditioner car or room and sometimes when I take cold fluid. My vocal cord is always stuck. Please help.

Still waiting for reply

Dr Green I’ve had Sevier cold uricartia since grade school. It has only gotten worse over time. I am now 58 about five years ago o started breaking out from​ the sun
With the cold I can get total body welts
With the sun I get instant open sores
Help?

I have allergy when I start AC in my room cold comes ranny nose sneezing comes I take to much medicine but not clear

hi Dr green
I have runing nose and difficut in breathing(congestion ,wheezing ) in cold weather less than18°c
so what can i do pze help me!

A few years ago by brother threw me wet with cold water, after a few minutes my body started developing hives and my hands and feet swelled up. I got dizzy after a few minutes in the cold. and I was on the verge of fainting… can u explain it please

I’d look into Cryoglobulinemia

About two weeks ago I suddenly developed Cold Urticaria. A lot of different circumstances lined up to be the possible cause including unprotected sex two weeks prior, an early start to spring and the flu season, dyshidrotic eczema, passing exposure to potentially sick individuals, tooth pain, and the appearance of a black spot under my left pinky toe that I hope to God all mighty is just mold.

The only symptoms of illness I’ve really suffered is a sore/dry/scratchy throat and what I can only describe as an oddness within my mouth particularly on the roof and on my tongue which for a time became extremely sensitive. There was what I can only describe as a bumpiness or roughness present on a corner of the roof of my mouth and then on my gums however that went away after a few days of washing my mouth out with peroxide. These bumps were colorless and not painful. The patch on the roof of my mouth became rough and developed into a pale spot before disappearing within a couple of days.

I’ve been having very mild abdominal pangs but that could be my inguinal hernia, my eyes also feel “swollen” though they are not bloodshot and I do have to stare at a monitor all day. I see spots if I shift them suddenly to far left or right. I have had gingivitis for quite some time and there is always the possibility that it’s developed into periodontitis (which may be the case considering a small gap between on of my teeth and the surrounding gums.).

Otherwise I’ve not experienced fever, pain, congestion, I’ve coughed a grand total of maybe six times in the past two weeks. I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs of any kind, never have and never will. I spend a lot of time outside, especially in the winter, particularly when it snows. I really don’t want to live with this for the rest of my life…

I’ve already guess that this is likely temporary but I still very much value the input of a trained medical professional and seeing as I currently don’t have health insurance I cannot see a doctor. I’m sure there are things that I’ve overlooked or forgotten, if you have any specific questions please ask.

Hi Dr.Greene,

From past one month i am suffering from cold.At first it started like normal cold and then nasal congestion,breathing with mouth.For five days i took Levo citrizen and Doxt plus antibiotics and nasal drops.After that nose blocking is slightly reduced..but not able to fully come out of this..Still runny nose and blocking(one nostril each time )some times.

Please suggest me some remedies.

hello doc, iam 18 yrs old for me face was swelling due to clod climate i have consulted near by doc she said that it is due to wisdom tooth but every day it is swelling and again becoming normal with some pain my face was looking very fluffy please give me some suggestion for this problem i cant see my face fluffy

Hi doctor, i’ve noticed that whenever there is cold air, I start sneezing and usually end up with a runny nose. At other times, I just have a cough attack and my eyes get teary. This usually happens to me when there is cold breeze. Please tell me what I can do about this situation.

Dear “Blue”,

Thanks for writing in.

Dr. Greene says, “Treatment of cold urticaria [allergy to the cold] involves avoiding the cold, when possible, and taking antihistamines. The antihistamines are best taken before exposure to cold temperatures to block some of the histamine release. Many of the over-the-counter antihistamines interfere with learning. I recommend a nonsedating drug, such as loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec).”

There are 24 hour time-release versions of loratadine and cetirizine. These can be taken daily, if necessary, to keep the symptoms at bay.

I hope that helps.
Best, @MsGreene
Note: I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, but I am not Dr. Greene and I am not a doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Thanks for your valuable information.

4 years ago, I noticed that when I am exposed to cold or I am staying at a cold room I get itchy all of a sudden and plenty of white spots appears on the inside of my skin specifically on my legs and arms. It became a problem since I wear skirt everyday at school as my uniform and people eventually notice those white spots on my legs. I am very eager to know the solution with my problem. What should I do?

I developed this issue a year ago, and I recently discovered that increasing my protein intake prevented a reaction. I still get cold, of course, but no itchy hives.
Please note that I eat little meat but I increased my bean consumption. Hope this helps.

My son is a serious ( he wants to be Michael Phelps) competitive swimmer (9 years old) and loves his sport. He gets the traditional hives on cheeks, hands, or feet when playing outside in chilled air. He also occasionally gets hives during swim if the pool is chilly. After reading some articles; should we be more concerned about his condition. He practices 5 days a week for an hour and half in the pool. Most of the time he does not have any problems but unpredictably he will get a case of hives (stomach, back, chest) from time to time. Is this condition serious enough that we need to consider pulling him from a sport he loves? I should note that his pediatrician has never really worried about the condition but maybe because we were not overly concerned about it.

Curious to know how your son is now.. we have a 9 year old having the same problem.

I have been warned to go swimming, as I will get cooled off getting out again. There is danger of anaphylactic chock, and I always have an injection-pen with Adrenalin with me. You should get test done at your doctor or specialist in allergi.

Hello sir,
Iam VARSHA from India I have skin allergy but it especially occurs only in legs and hand when iam sitting inside the A/C Room or under the A/C or walked around the cold weather,while in rains and even using waters also my fingers are getting tight and I feel like freezing my finger and suddenly my legs and hands turns slight red and I got like wound on my hands and it’s give me itching and rashes feel after few minutes or hours only I got relief from that problem or I want to have some hot drinks or want sit under the fire this cause big problem in my daily life and was not able to keep my life happy and Iam not able to work in my daily life please doctor give me good solution for this problem.

Rosal

I get itchy when the aircon is turned on. When I use a wet towel it goes away. I get dried mucus in my nose once in a while.
Please help

I am farid 38 years . working as perfusionist but recently diagnosed cold alergy. Having montelucast 10mg and using steroid spray. Now ok but if i stop this problem Will arise again. What should i do. Please give me advice.

I have an allergy problem in my neck whenever am going for long riding with bike and if I my neck become cold that tyme only my neck will starting itching and cough and I can’t talk clearly also because my neck is paining that tyme so plz give me an solution

Its not cold here in singapore but i always feel itchy and its swellen all over my body like hives. Sometimes even my face swellen because of the itchiness. Since i was a kid i always like this. What is it?

I suffer from sever headach and blur vision due to cold weather.what can I do to prevent myself. .

I have cold uticaria and any temperature 20 and below affects me and the first sign is my nose starts to run this, ,winter my home sits at 23 celsius.I get hives if exposed to cold air and short times outside to car or feed birds in yard has now caused a wheezy cough .I was a skier, a hiker an outdoorsy type and now cannot do it anymore.I get hives when I sweat in summer aswell.I had a nasty virus 2 years ago and that may have caused it.

Thanks for the tips Doc.. My wife has been very puzzled with what the cold does to her skin . I’m very glad for the info thanks again …

I have a friend suffering from cold urticaria. We live in Maryland, USA. Which gloves would be best for her? Thank you

Hello Dr. Greene, I hope you can help me. I have an autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome which caused me autonomic neuropathy and other autonomic problems like orthostatic Hypotension. I was give IVIG infusion last summer it. And after about 2 months in late November I started getting this extreme muscle weakness and fatgue, usually with a warming of my face and head. I am too weak to do anything besides lay in bed. This has been going on non-stop for 1 year now and no has figured it out yet. I am wondering if it was something in the blood from the infusions? Also the only things that help are Azithromycin, pedialyte and tylenol all together. Because AIthromycin is helping I feel like it has to be caused by a bacteria. And maybe that bacteria needs more than a week of azithromycin. It’s gotten so bad that even if my house goes lower than 74 degrees I will start to feel weak and feverish. Also sometimes my breathing hurts like a mild pneumonia (which I have had before so I know the feeling). Please help!

Have you been tested for lupus? They are the same symptoms.

Sir I am manash
respected sir my girlfriend (pragya) was badly suffering from eye allergy to cold …dust …wat to do its now become a daily problm …sneezing runing nose sore throats watering eyes are signs symptoms sir plz tell me the solution

Sir my mother is suffering from cold ulticaria. If you know how she can get rid of it . Please tell me..

Hello Dr. Green.
I have a wheezing problem when it’s cold and doctors always diagnosed me as asthmatic. Recently, I started gaining weight, I am 150cm and are about 65kg now. I am not pregnant nor do I have any allergies. Yet, lately I kept getting rashes all over my body when it’s cold. And it itches so bad I get scratch marks all over. I don’t understand the problem, does my asthma cause me this itchiness allergic or this cold allergy give me asthma and this rashes? Kindly reply, thank you.

Sir I am badly suffering from allergy to cold …dust …wat to do its now become a daily problm …sneezing runing nose sore throats watering eyes are signs symptoms sir plz tell me the solution

Preety,

I am so sorry. I know this is a miserable condition.

Dr. Greene says, “Treatment of cold urticaria involves avoiding the cold, when possible, and taking antihistamines. Even though I do not recommend antihistamines for the common cold … antihistamines can be useful medications for some allergies, including cold urticaria. The antihistamines are best taken before exposure to cold temperatures to block some of the histamine release. When possible, I prefer non-sedating antihistamines for this purpose… For those with severe cold urticaria, like those with other severe allergies, an Epi-Pen or other emergency kit may be life-saving in the case of severe reactions.”

Best,
@MsGreene
Co-founder & Executive Producer DrGreene.com, Mom
Note: I answer a lot of questions on DrGreene.com, I am the co-founder of DrGreene.com, Dr. Greene’s business partner, but I am a not doctor. Please keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Hello! My mother is suffering from severe cold. She suffers alot during winter. she cant be in ac for long time. And she cant be in cold breeze for few seconds. So will antihistamines reduce that problem? And for how long can we use these. do they have any side affects? she dont have any rashes. Can anyone help me with this.!!

Hello! My mother is 48 yrs old and she is suffering from a severe cold. She cant withold ac and suffers alot in winter. She cant withstand cold breeze. Will antihistamines reduce that? Will there be any side affects? And how frequently can those be used. She also has spondilitis. Every year shez suffering alot. So can anyone suggest what to do.

Hello doctor…I am soo great full that I can actually find ane for this condition that I am suffering from..I have asaid that I am alergic to ice but truth is I am alergic to anything cold..a simple milk shake would swell my lips and numb them. Most likely my fingers would be swollen as well and itching from holding the glass..I get a bit of hives but only when it gets windy and chilly. .I am 27 years old and am a med student plese can you give me some info into this disease I have been searching. ..thank you

Curvel,

The medical name for this is Cold Urticaria.

Best,
@MsGreene
Co-founder & Executive Producer DrGreene.com, Mom
Note: Not Dr. Greene, not a doctor. Keep that in mind when reading my comments and replies.

Hi, my son is 11 years old i have recently found that he is allergic to cold enviroment he immidietly get runny nose and down cannot play or do anything what should i fo

Shreepal,

How tough this must be.

As Dr. Greene says, “Treatment of cold urticaria involves avoiding the cold, when possible, and taking antihistamines. The antihistamines are best taken before exposure to cold temperatures to block some of the histamine release. Many of the over-the-counter antihistamines interfere with learning. I recommend a nonsedating drug, such as loratadine (Claritin) or cetirizine (Zyrtec).”

I wish I could suggest a permanent cure, but at this time, treatment of the symptoms is the only option.

@MsGreene

Until after reading this, i did not even know the name of my problem, cold urticaria. Thank you for this.

Thank you ive have thought i was the only one who had this problem. I have asthma my whole life and have been seen by doctors. Im in my 40 and finally moved from the cold to Az. But this is the first time i have found out anything about the cold and my hives. Thank you so much. I feel so much better knowing im not a freak lol . Bobbi jo PHX AZ

Hello doc..
I am mohit and i am suffering from breathing shortness last 2 year my x-ray and lungs reports are normal..
I took foracort (inhealer) daraphylin, montek LC, livotril
But still faceing problem in breathing..
What should i do.

Hello doc..
I am mohit and i am suffering from last 2 year my x-ray report and lungs reports are normal..
I took foracort (inhealer) daraphylin, montek LC, livotril
But still problem in breathing..
What should i do.

Hi I’m swapnil im 37yrs old,im suffering from rain water,room temperature tap water,cool air my skin exposed to these start itching and gets red i had done several blood test but that’s normal reports. Sir pls let know what can treated best to live happily.

hi my name is Lynn. I had been coming into contact with the cold since high school and I noticed the itch and rashes that appear on my feet and hands. I went to several hospitals got checked but they didn’t see anything wrong with me, but through my research I concluded that I am allergic to the cold. But I guess I figured it out a bit late because the tips of my toes and fingers have this constant dark color. I have tried to Google how to get rid of it but I haven’t found anything yet. could you please help me figure out something because I can’t wear open shoes and I can’t let anyone see my fingers. they always ask why I have ” black” fingers and I can’t start explaining how dangerously allergic I am to the cold. This has bothered me for long and I really can’t go on. It has greatly contributed to my insecurities. somebody please help me!

Please check the symptoms of Raynauds Phenomenon on WebMd and mention this to your doctor on your next visit. Sounds like you could possibly have these symptoms.