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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