Cold urticaria can occur in any age group, whether you're female or male. You're more likely to have cold urticaria if:

  • You're a child or young adult. A type of urticaria called primary acquired urticaria occurs in children and young adults. This is the most common type of urticaria, and it usually improves on its own within two to three years.
  • You recently had a viral infection. Mycoplasma pneumonia and mononucleosis have been linked to cold urticaria.
  • You have an underlying health condition. Known as secondary acquired urticaria, this less common type of cold urticaria can be caused by an underlying health problem, such as rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis or cancer.
  • You have certain inherited traits. Rarely, cold urticaria is associated with an inherited condition called familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome. This condition causes painful wheals and flu-like symptoms after exposure to cold.
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