Rare Condition Leaves Coyote Out Of The Cold


Tyler Neidecker

Carley Neidecker was diagnosed with Cold Urticaria five years ago.

Ayanna John, Reporter

Imagine waking up on a snow day like this past Monday, but not being able to leave the house because the cold temperatures will cause your body to break down.

CHS sophomore Carley Neidecker was diagnosed with a rare condition, Cold Urticaria, when she was about ten years old. 

Cold Urticaria is a condition that affects the skin all over the body. It results in a breakout of hives, reddish itchy welts, and/or swelling when the body is exposed to cold weather and/or cold water. It usually lasts for 1-2 hours. Neidecker first realized this condition at the pool five years ago. As soon as she came out of the pool, her whole body broke out in hives, leaving her and her mom confused. 

 “At first, it didn’t even concern us that much. My mom thought that maybe I was allergic to the cold since this condition is a very rare thing,” said Carley Neidecker. 

Finally, her mom decided they should go to the doctors to check it out. The doctor told Neidecker that she had been diagnosed with Cold Urticaria. The doctor explained everything about the condition to inform her about the symptoms and treatments.

“They gave her this medicine that she had to take everyday for about two years and ever since then, she has gotten a lot better when exposed to the cold, but overall it can’t be cured,” said Carley’s mom, Cheryl Neidecker.

Carley Neidecker’s condition it has affected the everyday activities she enjoys. She is very athletic and enjoys swimming and playing other sports. Having this condition took a toll on her life because now she can’t play any sports in the winter and she can only limit herself to a few sports. 

“Carley has had limited options when it comes to what to do during her free time in the winter simply because if she steps foot in the snow, she will have a terrible reaction,” explained her older brother Scott Neidecker.

Although Neidecker’s doctor told her to stop taking the medication, the reactions still happen if exposed to a certain temperature.

“I am so glad that my reactions haven’t been as bad as they were a few years ago but still disappointed that it can’t be cured,” said Carley Neidecker.