Being allergic to cold may sound silly but it occurs in many people causing them discomfort. Cold hives is an outcome of cold allergy in which red raised itchy bumps occur in person when exposed to cold temperature.
Swelling can also occur on the face, hands and throat when exposed to a cold stimulus. A person suffering from cold hives should learn some measures to keep it at bay. Here, we will provide information on ways to manage cold hives and also ways to treat cold hives.
Managing Cold Hives
- Avoid cold climates when possible. If you cannot, then ensure you wear enough warm clothes – dress with heavy jackets, thermal innerwear, woolen socks, boots, woolen gloves, cap to keep you warm enough.
- Limit outdoor activities in cold temperatures.
Avoid eating any cold food or cold drinks. If you are having something cold, take small sips or bites to avoid any lip irritation or swelling.
- Don’t hold anything cold; use a napkin to hold a cold object or else you will end up with swelling and hives.
- Do not swim in cold water. Try to swim in hot or warm water. Always check the temperature of the swimming pool before you dive in. Also never swim alone, because an allergic reaction could be fatal.
- Wear warm clothes in an air conditioned room to prevent cold hives.
In the case of unpredictable weather conditions, make sure to wear layered clothing because a sudden drop in temperature could lead to cold hives.
- During cold climatic conditions, use a heater at home, in the car to ensure the environment is warm enough.
- Avoid extreme temperatures as this could trigger an allergic reaction causing cold hives.
Treating Cold Hives
If you are exposed to cold temperatures and have cold hives, there are several ways to treat it. Use the below mentioned pointers to treat cold hives.
- Take an antihistamine to reduce itching and swelling. This will not stop cold urticaria ever happening again because the underlying cause could be a different medical problem, but will help ease the rash for now.
- Once the rash appears on the skin, use an antihistamine cream to reduce rash and itching. You can also use warm compress or a heating pad on affected areas.
- Before going out in the cold temperature, take an antihistamine pill.
- Use an epinephrine auto-injector to stop inflammation immediately.