N.Y. Girl, 9, is Allergic to Cold
We've heard about kids who are allergic to peanuts. Or pollen. Or pets. But being allergic to cold? Now, that's a new one.
Priscilla Pomerantz, a 9-year-old from High Falls, N.Y., has a condition known as cold urticaria, Britain's Daily Mail reports. And, while it may sound like a location in "World of Warcraft," the newspaper says it is a very real condition causing those who suffer from it to break out in hives or even stop breathing when exposed to cold of any kind.
She was diagnosed two years ago after she broke out into hives after swimming, the Today show reports. After weeks of testing, doctors determined that cold was the problem.
"I didn't cry. But on the inside, I felt horrible," Priscilla says of hearing her diagnosis.
In the winter, this means no sledding or snowball fights. In the summer? No swimming if the water is too cold and she can't even sip a frosty beverage to cool her off when it's hot.
When Priscilla and her parents appeared on Today, Matt Lauer asked why they didn't move to a warmer climate, like Arizona or Florida.
"It's actually almost worse, because everything in Florida is air conditioned," her father replied. Indoor air also triggers her allergy, Today reports.
Even bathing can cause problems. Priscilla's mother, Colleen Lynch, tells the Mail her little girl "can have a reaction in 72 degree heat," and that her daughter "needs to have a bath as hot as she can stand it, around 86 degrees."
The family does whatever it can "to keep her warm" at all times, Lynch adds.
As with many other young allergy sufferers, Priscilla takes antihistamines and carries an epi-pen. Doctors have told the family there is an 11 percent chance Priscilla will eventually outgrow her condition, the New York Post reports.
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