Winter is often a time to enjoy the beauty of nature’s scenes and children playing in the snow, but for those who suffer from cold induced hives, it can also be a time of fear and trepidation.

The condition is called cold urticarial and it presents itself in the form of a rash that is intensely itchy, and welts on the skin. It is often triggered by histamine being released, such as from an allergic reaction, and occurs most frequently in adults aged 20-40. The most common symptoms include localized hives after the skin is exposed to anything cold, such as air, water or car keys.

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