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12-year-old girl is allergic to the cold

By T.K. Randall
March 14, 2012 · Comment icon 13 comments



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Abbie Tully has been struck with an unusual illness that renders her allergic to cold temperatures.
Known as "cold urticaria", the condition means that any exposure to the cold could not only bring her out in a rash but may even lead to a potentially fatal anaphylactic shock. Abbey is no longer able to attend a regular school, has to wrap up at all times and can't go out unless the weather is warm. "Within minutes of being outside the reaction spreads all over her legs, arms and face, even if itís not that cold," said her mum. "She is desperate for the weather to warm up so she can play outside. Sometimes all she wants to do is go for a ride on her bike but she can't."
Even wrapping up warm in the cold weather has little effect as the condition develops even if only a small portion of skin is exposed to the cold. Abbie has even had to quit her normal school and attend a special unit for children with long-term illnesses during the colder half of the year.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by Beckys_Mom 11 years ago
I prefer cold weather to hot... When it is hot, I cannot relax, nor can I sleep well at night...I have fans all over the house.. It is so annoying... I long for the winter most times
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheBanana 11 years ago
when i was 12 i developed something similar, although not as serious. when i got too hot, i would get a rash like that, even in the winter cause i would get hotter from exercise, even from walking to school. mines gone now, it lasted about 2 years, and now it only appears in big temperature changes.
Comment icon #6 Posted by tigger 11 years ago
Living in a burning hot desert, I've long learned to value every cold breeze. I have no idea why people like summer so much. I can't stand being anywhere other than a room with one or two air conditioners on. i totally understand where you come from parsnip.. i hate the summer, the only thing that i like about it, is the amount of daylight you get. you can keep the heat. having it be 30C at 9pm, without a breeze is just awful.. i am very much a winter girl. summer sucks, i just wish someone would tell mother nature that summer is over here. we are still having a heatwave.
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then 11 years ago
i totally understand where you come from parsnip.. i hate the summer, the only thing that i like about it, is the amount of daylight you get. you can keep the heat. having it be 30C at 9pm, without a breeze is just awful.. i am very much a winter girl. summer sucks, i just wish someone would tell mother nature that summer is over here. we are still having a heatwave. I live on the gulf of Mexico coast in Alabama. Near where the BP oil spill happened. Summers here average 35c from late June to late August and the constant high humidity makes the air so uncomfortable that it's difficult to breat... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by JGirl 11 years ago
ok they need to move to florida or somethin.
Comment icon #9 Posted by cab_codespring 11 years ago
I'm allergic to the cold too, it's not that uncommon, but not as bad as she is. It's an odd thing, not allergic to a substance but a temperature. I have been confirmed by doctors but you can test yourself by holding you arm up close to the a/c blower for a few minutes and see if it starts itching and breaks out into hives in that spot. There's also an ice cube test but the a/c test is easier. This always happens to me in the car if the a/c is blowing on my arm.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Zflogs 11 years ago
I also have this same condition, however we didn't find out until my senior year of high school. It all made sense when we found out, although my condition isn't very serious. I do get hives when I go out in the cold but it's not my whole body . If only I would've found out earlier maybe I could have also not have to have gone to school. lol
Comment icon #11 Posted by MusicalProphecies 11 years ago
I'm allergic to the heat it's the worst.
Comment icon #12 Posted by UniqueWolf 11 years ago
People who is allergic to the cold: Don't live anywhere near Wisconsin or Minnisota (if your in the U.S.) People who is allergic to the heat: Probably shouldnt live there either. (MN. and WI. gots the best of both worlds) P.S. sorry to people to have those kinds of allergies, I'm sure that must suck! (hugs)
Comment icon #13 Posted by Feelingz 11 years ago
Love the cold weather. I feel sorry for this poor girl. I hate hot or warm weather. I have the a/c on, 2 fans on and keep my home freezing.


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