The 21-year-old woman is allergic to winter
Many people prefer to stay indoors in winter because they find very unpleasant cold outside temperatures. In a young Canadian woman, sometimes a cold can even put life at risk. Because the 21 year old suffers from cold allergy.
Several hospitalizations for cold allergy
Dry skin in winter is really nothing unusual. Other skin problems are common in the cold season. In people who suffer from "cold urticaria" (also called "cold allergy"), the low temperatures have a particularly intense effect: itching, hives, swelling or redness of the skin. At worst, it can also lead to a potentially lethal allergic shock. A young Canadian woman suffers mostly from the rare disease. So the twenty-one had to go to the hospital several times.
Urticaria, also called urticaria or fever of nettles, is the most common skin disease. About one in four people gets sick at least once during their life.
The causes of hives can have many causes: intolerances, infections or even physical stimuli like pressure or light.
"Even cold can be a trigger for hives," writes the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB) on its website.
"In the" cold allergy "it comes to itching, sores, swelling or redness of the skin," said the experts.
And: "In very rare, but then dangerous cases, the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat can swell and lead to a shortness of breath similar to suffocation".
Even the opening of the refrigerator can be problematic
With Arianna Kent, the symptoms are often so severe that she must always go to the hospital because of her "cold allergy".
According to a report by the British newspaper Daily Mail, the 21-year-old lives in Edmonton, Canada, where temperatures can reach -40 ° C.
He often avoids leaving home, because even walking to his car is "potentially dangerous".
According to the information, he must be careful not only when he comes out, but also when opening a refrigerator, eating ice cream or holding a glass of ice.
"I probably had a thousand reactions," said the twenty-one.
It usually starts with an eruption on the arm that gets bigger and bigger. The disease "causes burns and itchiness to my skin." It is like asthma in the throat. "
He added: "I can have an anaphylactic shock, so I have to bring an EpiPen with me."
Improvement through diet change
"People often do not believe me or do not know it's a real allergy," said the young woman who had the first allergic reactions at the age of 14 when she was shoveling snow.
Even doctors are often at a loss, but now they could deal better with the patient.
"Above all, if I go to the hospital right now, I'll be there for two hours, giving me adrenaline and hot fluids," said the 21-year-old.
Over time, Ms. Kent has reduced the number of hospital admissions three times a month to once a month.
This became possible because he changed his diet and reduced the consumption of foods containing histamine.
Thus it avoids foods like cheese, yogurt, cream, pickles and pineapples. (To)