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I'm 52 and in the past 5 years I've begun itching when I sweat and will develop hives when I have cold air blowing on me. Something has changed and i just don't understand what it is or why.

By October 27, 2011 - 3:04pm
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Hi maryj614,

Welcome to EmpowHER! It sounds like you may have something known as Cold Urticaria. With cold urticaria, exposure to cold temperatures causes redness, itching, swelling and hives on your skin. As much as possible, people with cold urticaria should avoid exposure to cold air as well as cold water. For example, swimming in cold water is the most common cause of a severe, whole-body reaction — leading to fainting, shock and even death.

If you think you have cold urticaria, consult your doctor. Treatment for cold urticaria may include antihistamines taken before cold exposure.

Here is an additional resource on Cold Urticaria:

Please, if your doctor confirms that this is what you are suffering from, start your own Cold Urticaria group so that we can help other women who may not know about this cold allergy! http://www.empowher.com/groups/create



October 28, 2011 - 2:19am
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