02/08/2011 12:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cold Allergy: 9-Year-Old Allergic To Temperatures Under 70 Degrees

Hate the cold? Well, thank your lucky stars you're not allergic to it. Because it turns out that's, like, an actual thing.

The Today Show recently caught up with nine-year-old Priscilla Pomerantz, from upstate New York, who suffers from an allergy called cold urticaria.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the so-called "cold allergy" can cause sufferers to experience redness, swelling and hives when they come into contact with something cold. And in more dire circumstances, it can cause sufferers to go into anaphylactic shock.

In Priscilla's case, the allergy means that she breaks out into hives within minutes if exposed to temperatures lower than 70 degrees. And that doesn't just go for outside temps; it's also true of what she eats and drinks.

And yet, in a laudable display of half-glass-full-ness, the nine-year-old told reporters she doesn't mind the condition so much, really. It keeps her from having to go outside in the winter to walk the dog or shovel the snow.


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