Alternative to Ice for Injury

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   Posted 12/15/2013 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed last year with Cold Urticaria and we are still trying to figure out how best to manage it. She slipped last night on the stairs and hit her back and we know we cannot put ice on it and heat is not good for a new injury of this type. Can anyone suggest an alternative to help soothe her?

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   Posted 12/15/2013 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi sbrent and welcome to HW. Sorry about your daughter and the one thing that I can think of is possibly some of the analgesic creams? Some of the sports creams are really good at pain relieving for acute injury.

I blew my knee out some years ago and would have been lost without them.

Maybe others will have more ideas and I hope she heals quickly!
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   Posted 12/15/2013 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
You are right and have learned a lot about your child's problem including not using ice on anyone with cold-induced urticaria (hives from cold).
Cold urticaria is a relatively uncommon physical urticaria. An urticarial rash develops after being exposed to cold, cold water, and cold objects. Swimming in cold water may cause severe wealing and fainting, and should be avoided.
If she is in a fair amount of pain you should call and  talk with your Dr. to see if she could try a children's nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including ibuprofen). Some DRs. do not let children with cold urticaria use NSAIDs.
I hope she is soon feeling better.

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