Cold Urticaria on Flickr

A Flickr user has uploaded photos of what it looks and sounds (from the description) like cold urticaria.

Testing procedures for diagnosis of physical urticarias depend on the cause (stimulus):

- Dermographism: Stroking with narrow object, e.g. a tongue depressor
- Cold urticaria: ice cube test
- Heat urticaria: test tube water at 44°C (111°F)
- Pressure urticaria: Sandbag test or a bag with heavy books (Middleton's Allergy textbook, 2 volumes)
- Vibratory urticaria: vibration with laboratory vortex for four minutes
- Cholinergic urticaria: exercise for 15-20 minutes or leg immersion in 44°C (111°F) bath
- Aquagenic urticaria: challenge with tap water at various temperatures

Related reading:

Urticaria: A Short Review. V. Dimov. Clinical Notes in Allergy and Immunology.
Image: Cold-Induced Urticaria - via @MatthewBowdish
Idiopathic Cold Urticaria. Consultant. Vol. 45 No. 13, November 1, 2005.
"Young mother must wrap up all year round because she is allergic to the cold" - Cold urticaria in Daily Mail.
Treatment of cold urticaria by cold desensitization - AAAAI Ask the Expert, 2011.

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  1. Anonymous2/13/2009

    Wow, that's amazing... that's exactly what I am getting right now. I hope it goes away soon 'cause I am totally freaked out.

  2. Anonymous4/30/2009

    i have that too. my doctor said i could die from it if i jumped in a pool or similar...
    i can´t wash my hands with cold water or my hands become itchy and swollen. not pretty.

  3. Anonymous7/29/2009

    Thats also my hand look like after i taked shower, and when i tested the ice cube test on my forearm it gets swell and itchy.

  4. Anonymous1/04/2011

    me tool. It hought I was crazy