Orticaria da freddo

Translated title of the contribution: Cold urticaria

Elisa Benelli, Giorgio Longo, Alessandro Ventura

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Cold-induce urticaria, a subtype of physical urticaria, is characterized by the appearance of wheals after the exposure to cold. There are two main types of cold-induce urticaria: the most common is the typical one, which is characterized by a positive cold stimulation test, whereas the atypical one has a negative or abnormal response to this test. In the typical form, wheals appear only in the area of contact with the cold stimuli, instead in the atypical form they can develop also in other areas. In both forms, systemic symptoms could be present up to anaphylactic shock. Antihistamines are the therapy of choice, but in more severe cases steroids and epinephrine should be used. Prevention is essential and consists in avoiding sudden exposition to cold; in known risk situations, prophylaxis with antihistamines could be useful. Some cases are described as part of our experience to understand atypical systemic cold urticaria better.

Translated title of the contributionCold urticaria
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalMedico e Bambino
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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