Allergic to cold? Doctor explains reactions


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — For some people, the onset of chilly temperatures can kick off an allergy to the cold.

After 24 Hour News 8 anchor Marlee Ginter's son Chace recently broke out in hives, she found out he had cold urticaria, essentially a cold allergy.

"It's a really unique thing, but actually you can have an allergic response to the cold. It's really the cold triggering your allergy cells, not through a truly allergic mechanism, but it behaves the same way where you can get hives and swelling," Dr. Ted Kelbel of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids said Monday.

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