PreventionBy Mayo Clinic Staff
You can help prevent a recurrent episode of cold urticaria with these practices:
Nov. 21, 2014
- Take an over-the-counter antihistamine before cold exposure.
- Take medications as prescribed.
- Protect your skin from the cold or sudden changes in temperature. For example, wear a wetsuit when swimming in cold water. Some people have had success with this method, but it isn't proved.
- Avoid ice-cold drinks and food to prevent swelling of your throat.
- If your doctor prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector (Epipen, Auvi-Q, others), keep it with you to help prevent serious reactions.
- If you're scheduled for surgery, talk with your surgeon beforehand about your cold urticaria. The surgical team can take steps to help prevent cold-induced symptoms in the operating room.
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