You can help prevent a recurrent episode of cold urticaria with these practices:

  • 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.
Nov. 21, 2014

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