Skip to comments.Little girl is allergic to cold
Posted on 02/08/2011 11:13:51 AM PST by Immerito
Even eating ice cream is off-limits for 9-year-old Priscilla
Nine-year-old Priscilla Pomerantz can't play in the snow, eat ice cream or walk her dog during the winter. She can't get cold at all, because she suffers from an allergy called cold urticaria. For Priscilla, air temperatures below 70 degrees -- or even eating chilly foods -- trigger an allergic reaction of hives, swelling and difficulty breathing. Left untreated, the cold could literally kill her.
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Interesting to be allergic to something that doesn’t exist.
Cold doesnt exist?
Drive an SUV and save a Child!!!
This sounds like another made-up “disease” like ADHD and ADD.
A former pastor of ours has the opposite problem - sunlight makes him swell up like a balloon.
Interesting gambit for the parents to attempt to use the ADA to get home heating bills paid for....
What people call cold is actually a lack of heat.
I guess you can really be allergic ANYTHING
I’m allergic to Liberals....
the girl’s family lives in upstate New York
...balmy this time of year.....
Cold induced urticaria is a (female dog). Mine is not as severe as hers, I can eat cold food and drink. It is prolonged exposure to cold that triggers the reaction.
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that she is physiologically addicted to heat.
>Cold doesnt exist?
Cold is the absence of heat, just like dark is the absence of light; they describe states lacking (that is, the non-existence) of something.
A friend of mine is allergic to midgets. Seriously.
It is related to autoimmune disease,and is not funny and nothing to joke about.
Obamacare needs to buy her a condo in Hawaii.....
A friend of my daughter is having horrible allergy problems. She is slowly becoming allergic to almost all foods. It started off with an allergy to seafood. She is down to only being able to eat a few things and it is affecting her lungs now. She can barely walk across a room and she’s only 24. This all started after she became an adult.
“Cold is the absence of heat”
Not really. Both cold and hot are relative. 100 deg is cold compared to melted steel.
Geek joke ... Cold is the absence of heat. You can't make something colder; you can remove heat. There is no such thing as 'negative heat', which is what 'cold' would be. Hence, there is no such thing as 'cold'.
“Left untreated, the cold could literally kill her.”
“Cold urticaria affects 15 to 25 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime”
Wow. You’d think that the existence of this disease would be common knowledge with those sorts of numbers. Of course, it might be that vast majority of cases are far less severe than what this poor kid is dealing with currently.
Have an example for you.
If it is 0 degrees and it gets twice as cold, how cold is it?
Speaking of geek jokes, this one always cracks me up:
There was a time when I thought ADHD was a ‘made up disease’, also.
You’re being pedantic too a fault. You know damned well what they were saying.
This sounds like another made-up disease like ADHD and ADD.
Except that hives and the allergic response can be objectively measured.
I have idiopathic dermagraphism. Until the source of the allergy was found I was a mess! Thankfully, the allergist figured out that I was allergic to mold and just about every plant and tree east of the Mississippi.
Hepa-filters in the house have “cured” it, and I live a lot more comfortably.
What an ignorant thing to say after reading that her airway swells in the presence of hives. Yeah, that’s made up.
There is a freeper named Metmom who has dealt with the same thing. There are some lengthy threads about it. If you search her name, you will find them. She was eventually diagnosed with a mast cell problem. Perhaps there is something there that may help your friend.
Di-hydrogen monoxide can kill you too... if you get enough of it..
hey me too! When I’m exposed to one I start gnashing my teeth and clenching my fists uncontrollably.
And then my friend there is the vernacular. When it’s cold outside, it means your body will not comfortably be able to sustain it’s temperature, so wear a sweater. If someone offers you a cold drink, expect a beverage slightly above the freezing point of water. If you’re pouring your child a bath, and she request that you make it colder, add more water from the tap marked “cold”.
It’s like knowing the difference between fruits and vegetables AND knowing the difference between knowing the difference between culinary fruits and vegetables. No one gives a crap if the string bean is botanically a fruit, it’s a vegetable.
Celsius or Farenheit?
Sounds like something akin to Raynaud’s, Scleroderma, etc.
Yes, I do know what they were saying.
I would suggest slow cooking them in a crock pot rather than roasting them--cured me of my midget allergy...;^)
Hence my statement that this is a GEEK joke.
When you work with engineering, we use measurements like enthalapy and entrophy, coefficients of thermal expansion, etc. These deal with various levels of heat.
Cold does not exist, cooling is simply the rate at which heat is dissappated into the universe (hence the statement that the entrophy of the universe is always increasing). You cannot destroy energy, so where does all that heat go?
But, please don’t shoot the messanger - I merely passed the message on to driftdiver, who asked if Cold existed.
He’d get shaky, wobbly legged and dizzy around them. He said it on the air. So I told he had “Lollypopguildophobia”.
Can’t happen. Atomic motion would cease. Mathematically it can be done however: Subtract the difference in temperature between the Planck temperature from the (arbitrary)zero on your scale, multiply by two and move the result to the other side of your number line, and voila! It only fails because the difference would go beyond reducing matter to zero ground state temperatures, also known as absolute zero.
“If it is 0 degrees”
This. Is. SPARTA!!
Thanks ... that was pretty good. Good for a chuckle or two.
I just have to remember not to try to explain that one to my wife; it just makes her get mad.
Just one more reason to cheer for a warmer planet /s
nah, I'm allergic to the cold too. I've mostly grown out of it, but if I got nipped a bit (think feet, hands, and esp around my mouth) I break out in eczema. Only, really, really bothers me when I get it in, ahem, "nether regions", like where clothes rub.
I grew up in Maine and survived, so it was hardly debilitating. More of a nuisance. I can still hear my mother nagging me to "wear a hat. and mittens. etc etc etc."
But, "Allergic to Cold" does exist.