Anyone can develop cold urticaria. You're more likely to have this condition if:

  • You're a child or a young adult. The most common type — primary acquired cold urticaria — occurs in children and young adults. It usually improves on its own within a few years.
  • You recently had an infection. For example, pneumonia has been linked to cold urticaria.
  • You have an underlying health condition. A less common type — secondary acquired cold urticaria — can be caused by an underlying health problem, such as hepatitis or cancer.
  • You have certain inherited traits. Rarely, cold urticaria is inherited. This familial type causes painful welts and flu-like symptoms after exposure to cold.
Nov. 21, 2014