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Individuals with Cold Urticaria are continually faced with the suggestion from medical professionals, friends and family to move to a warmer climate.  Many sufferers have found this is not as practical as it seems. We are providing the demographics here to facilitate in support from physicians and individuals with the condition finding each other and developing support organizations closer to home.

Comments from Facebook Cold Urticaria Groups who live(d) in warmer climates debunking the myth that a warmer climate is the better option.

“I live in the Phillipines, a tropical country, sudden change of temp, sweat and cold wind [that trigger reactions]. ~ E. S-N.

My daughter reacts in the middle of summer sometimes. ~ L.M.K.

[I Live in] La Grande Oregon however I lived in Jacksonville Fl and had a harder time there than I do here. The humidity there made me break out at a warmer temperature than I do in Eastern Oregon where it is a dry cool.

More Comments:

Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The humidity is killer! I was just fixing dinner in a hot kitchen and my back is itching like mad. It happens when I exercise too. The sweat cools the skin. ~ D. P.

Air conditioning can be pretty bad too. Walk into a building and immediately start itching. ~ M. D.

[I live in] Tucson, AZ. Early morning temps just now approaching my 65-degree trigger for symptoms. ~ S.K.

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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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