Cold Urticaria is a rare medical condition, and means that you are "allergic" to the cold. Reactions can range from a rash/hives all the way to anaphylactic shock, a life threatening condition if not treated immediately. Cold Urticaria has many subtypes, and genetics have been implicated in some. Research is ongoing, but for the most part, the medical community is at a loss as to what causes Cold Urticaria, how to treat, and in some cases even diagnose the condition. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) January 2005 records, Cold Urticaria is defined as one of the 185 most rare conditions, and is rated in the top 15 of the World’s Strangest Diseases.
As a parent with children who have this condition, the one thing that irritates me the most is talking to some people or seeing sites who only say their life is over or preach to everyone else with the condition to give up their dreams. I am a POSITIVE person, and this is a POSITIVE website designed to help you navigate the waters after a diagnosis, hopefully show you that you still have a life, and try to answer the questions that the Dr.'s have a hard time answering.
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