Cold water hives?

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 4:08am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pLast week my son was playing with his cup of ice water. He removed the lid to his sippy cup and submerged his hand into the cold water. He was playing with the water for about five minutes, before I realized what he was doing. Afterwards, I noticed his hand was red and full of either hives or big welts. He complained of them being itchy, but they went away in about ten minutes with no /
All I could figure, is that his skin is very sensitive to the /
Has anyone else had a simular experience?br /
Thanks for your help./p

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 6:51am
morgansmom's picture
Joined: 04/29/2000 - 09:00

Yes, this is very common in people who are already prone to hives! The cold will bring out hives. You may also notice this if your child is outside for long periods of time. Hope this helps!

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 7:32am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

Yes, very common. I have no food allergies but as a kid I often got hives when swimming in cold water (especially the freezing Atlantic Ocean). I also get hives wherever my clothing binds (like around my waist) if I'm out in the cold.

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 11:26am
MattsMom's picture
Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

I haven't dealt with cold urticaria (that's what cold-induced hives are called), but I have dealt with the opposite problem. Ever since I can remember, I've broken out in hives after being in WARM water. Lukewarm is fine, but anything more than that and I'm a horrible itchy, miserable mess. I still take hot showers (love em!) though. I just know that I will suffer about 15-20min of itchy hives and sometimes puffy, watery eyes, and intense sneezing in exchane for that nice hot shower. It happens in hot tubs and steam rooms (or steamy bath rooms...) too. I don't have problems with dry heat, just wet heat.
A couple of months ago, the bathroom was colder than normal, so I made the kids bath warmer than normal (lukey). Guess what? Matt does the same thing! He broke out in hives and started sneezing within just a few minutes. I'm glad I had been dealing with it myself so long that I knew what was going on. Otherwise, I probably would have freaked and thought he was having a peanut reaction!

Posted on: Mon, 02/26/2001 - 5:40am
mom2two's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

I had this when I was younger, along with the ability to lightly scrape my skin with my fingernail and make superraised letters! that comes in handy when you grow up LOL
Seriously though, the cold water hives are not dangerous, I remember some doctor explaining it to me about the speed of the blood or something warming the skin not exactly at the same time or something.
Anyway, I don't get it now and I can't get the raised welts either, oh well, it was great while it lasted!

Posted on: Wed, 02/28/2001 - 2:51am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

My son's friend gets these, but he also anaphylaxes from extreme cold water/weather. They have been advised to send him to college in a warm climate.

Posted on: Sat, 11/29/2003 - 1:25am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00


Posted on: Sat, 11/29/2003 - 9:39am
ssmd's picture
Joined: 08/07/2003 - 09:00

MY DS (not PA ) has a condition called Mastosytosis. Which he reacts to cold wheater and cold water, asprin and codine are also a no no with this condition. It can cause anaphalaxis, it also can attack body organs requiring chemotheraphy. We were told he was born with the condition ( we noticed it at 2 months, he is now 7 years old. ) It leaves brown marks on the skin like frekels and sometimes if those spots are rubbed they will swell up . The specialist says it is very rare condition , and every doctor or nurse that has ever treated him for anything has always questiond the spots , and has never heard of the condition, it is in medical dicionaries, if anyone is interested in reading up on it.
ssmd mom of 3

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 2:46am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

This used to happen to me when I was a kid. My parents made sure to dry me off really quickly after I swam or bathed. I grew out of it by junior high. Here's hoping your child does too!

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 7:23am
ceross's picture
Joined: 01/27/2004 - 09:00

There's an article in the Washington Post about this today. It's on and can be found under the Health heading. A mom wrote about her experience with her son's allergy to cold.
Here's the link to the article:

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2006 - 9:42am
tidina's picture
Joined: 01/26/2005 - 09:00

my friend from support groups husband gets cold induced hives. now even when he breaths in the air from the freezer he feels funny. her son is allergic to nuts, eggs and dairy.


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