Hi. I’m Dr. Coldactyl, but you can call me Dr. Fria. I am the Chargimal doctor at Health Care Plaza 🏨 and I specialize in chronic health conditions. I can empathize with all The Chargimals because I live with Cold Urticaria, meaning I am allergic to cold ❄️. I know how difficult it is to find help for a condition that is not well understood.
I love doing research 🔬 about all the weird quirks and strange symptoms and diseases The Chargimals have. In fact, that’s my favorite thing to do. My favorite colors are light blue and purple 💙💜 and I have a black cat named, O’Malley 🐈 who comes to work with me at the hospital.
Cold Urticaria is a rare disease and is a condition that affects the skin. Signs and symptoms generally include reddish, itchy welts or hives and/or swelling when skin is exposed to the cold. That means I get an allergic reaction in cold weather, even a cold breeze 🌬, and definitely can’t swim in cold water 🌊. This rash is usually apparent within 2-5 minutes after exposure and can last for 1-2 hours.
There is no cure for the condition, but treatment and preventive steps can help. Your doctor 🩺 may recommend you try to prevent or reduce symptoms with over- the-counter antihistamines and avoiding cold exposure. If that doesn’t help, you may need prescription medication💊.
No one knows exactly what causes cold urticaria. Certain people appear to have very sensitive skin cells, due to an inherited trait, a virus or an illness. In the most common forms of this condition, cold triggers the reaction.
Fun facts about me:
Name: Dr. Coldactyl
Nickname: Dr. Fria
Represents: Cold Urticaria
Favorite colors: light blue and purple
Superpower: Can feel the cold before anyone else
Prone to: hives, itching, swelling, nausea, headaches, coughing, anaphylaxis
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