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Accidents are inevitable, please help keep those with Cold Allergies safe!

All injections and intravenous fluids MUST BE WARMED.

This information is for first responders in the event of an Accident. The driver/passenger in this vehicle has anaphylactic reactions to temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

The first priority is to protect the body from exposure to cold air/objects, blowing air, breezes, water/rain and temperatures below 70 degrees.

You will find information regarding individual in the glove compartment with all medical history, disabilities, medications, next of kin information and contact for current doctors.

———-   Disclaimer for Those Using This Sticker —————-

Allow me to add a caveat that expresses one parent’s concern. Medics will not always be able to search for or find this information. Each accident is different and represent very unique situations. In no way does this infer liability on the first responders. If you choose to use, place it in an area that would be highly visible.  Contact first responders in your area and asking for their recommendations and input and any programs they may have.

 

2 Comments

  1. Pamela Cubbage Pamela Cubbage
    November 24, 2015    

    I have systemic cold urticaria. I need a medical bracelet I need it to say that I need IV fluid to be 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t have a lot of money need affordable.
    Thank you
    Pam Cubbage

    • Administrator Administrator
      November 28, 2015    

      A new page will be added tomorrow with various links to medical alert bracelet providers. However, I would make the suggestion to be careful in your search to find one that does not have metal making direct contact with the skin, especially with systemic Cold Urticaria. Our latest purchase was from https://www.roadid.com/p/the-Wrist-ID-Sport?SC=Wrist which provides multiple options including a customizable bracelet which allows no metal to skin contact.

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Nuggets of Wisdom

Yes, there is such a thing as having an allergic type reaction to temperatures. This is defined as a physical urticaria. Other physical urticarias include Solar, Aquagenic, Pressure, Vibration and Exercise.

Most reactions are pseudo-allergic. By definition, an allergy involves inhaling or consuming an allergen. Physical urticarias have no known allergen. Despite the terminology and medical definitions, systemic reactions can be life threatening.

Cold has an arbitrary definition based on an individual feeling. For a person with a cold urticaria, cold can be defined as any temperature cooler than their own body temperature.

You do not have to be cold to have a reaction to the cold; contact with cold can trigger a reaction.

You can have an allergic type reaction to both cold and heat simultaneously.

Most reactions considered anaphylactic are really anaphylactoid by definition.

Moving to a warmer climate as a treatment for Cold Urticaria is a myth. Warmer climates present their own issues for those with Cold Urticaria.

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