cold urticaria


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urticaria

 [ur″tĭ-ka´re-ah]
a vascular reaction of the skin marked by transient appearance of slightly elevated patches (wheals) that are redder or paler than the surrounding skin and often attended by severe itching; the cause may be certain foods, infection, or emotional stress. (See Atlas 2, Plate D.) Called also hives. adj., adj urtica´rial.
cold urticaria urticaria precipitated by cold air, water, or objects, occurring in two forms: In the autosomal dominant form, which is associated with fever, arthralgias, and leukocytosis, the lesions occur as erythematous, burning papules and macules. The more common acquired form is usually idiopathic and self-limited.
giant urticaria angioedema.
urticaria hemorrha´gica purpura with urticaria.
urticaria medicamento´sa that due to use of a drug.
papular urticaria (urticaria papulo´sa) an allergic reaction to the bite of various insects, with appearance of lesions that evolve into inflammatory, increasingly hard, red or brownish, persistent papules.
urticaria pigmento´sa the most common form of mastocytosis, occurring primarily in children, manifested as persistent pink to brown macules or soft plaques of various size; pruritus and urtication occur on stroking the lesions.
urticaria pigmentosa, juvenile urticaria pigmentosa present at birth or in the first few weeks of life, usually disappearing before puberty, taking the form of a single nodule or tumor or of a disseminated eruption of yellowish brown to yellowish red macules, plaques, or bullae.
solar urticaria a rare form produced by exposure to sunlight.

cold ur·ti·car·i·a

wheal formation that develops after exposure to lowered temperatures, with or without demonstrable passive-transfer antibodies.

cold urticaria

Etymology: AS, kald + L, urtica, nettle
wheals caused by exposure to cold temperatures. Compare cholinergic urticaria.

cold ur·ti·ca·ri·a

(kōld ŭr'ti-kar'ē-ă)
Hypersensitivity to cold leading to superficial vascular reaction manifested by transient itching, erythema, and hives.
See also: hypothermia
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Cold urticaria occurs most frequently in young adults -- though not exclusively -- and does not seem to favor a gender, Dr.
An ice cube is placed on the patient's arm and if hives result, it's cold urticaria.
Patients who have cold urticaria respond to exposure to cold temperatures with erythematous wheals, severe itching, and mucosal swelling.
The mum-of-one suffers from cold urticaria, an allergy so rare, even the doctors who delivered her baby thought it was made up.
This syndrome has fallen under the umbrella of so-called autoinflammatory diseases, which also include neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease and familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, formerly called chronic cold urticaria, Dr.