Stranger than fiction: allergic to the cold

Cold urticaria

Stranger than fiction: allergic to the cold

From a dislike of the cold to seasonal depression to getting ill, winter can cause several problems. But do you know what would make it even worse? If you were allergic to the cold.

Believe it or not, that’s a reality for some people. Also known as cold urticaria, the allergic condition causes trouble for some individuals during the cold winter weather. Here’s everything you need to know about the condition.


One young woman from Canada has recently gone viral when she shared her story about dealing with cold urticaria. Not only can cold weather cause problems, but something as trivial as a cold drink or ice cream can cause a reaction.

Not only can urticaria be incredibly painful, itchy, and sore, it can also cause individuals to feel isolated. Especially in places like Canada where it can drop to extreme temperatures (it’s currently at -14 degrees), leaving individuals with no choice but to stay at home. Despite taking this precaution, it can still be a challenge to avoid even the most basic risks, such as opening the fridge.


Cold urticaria, though painful, is relatively risk-free. But in cases such as Arianna Kent, it can be deadly. When the cold is too much, her body goes into anaphylactic shock. Despite having an EpiPen, Arianna ends up in the hospital at least once a month.

Like many allergies, cold urticaria can develop in later life. In the case of Cara Yacino, it developed after suffering from a virus. It is a condition that is more likely to appear in young adults.


Ordinary urticaria is extremely common, with one in five people experiencing hives at some point throughout their lives. Allergens such as food, medications, insects, or pollen are all examples of urticaria triggers.

Due to the risk of anaphylaxis, stories like Arianna’s are critical to hear. Awareness is essential; urticaria may only start as a rash, but it can quickly take a worse turn. Being allergy tested can help to prevent complications to your health and wellbeing. If you experience symptoms such as hives or a swollen throat or tongue, we highly recommend being tested for allergies.

Living allergy-free isn’t always easy, but it isn’t impossible. Don’t risk putting your health and life at risk. Request an allergy test with us today or visit our website to find out how we can help you.

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