The risk factors for Hunting Reaction may include:
It is important to note that having a risk factor does not mean that one will get the condition. A risk factor increases one’s chances of getting a condition compared to an individual without the risk factors. Some risk factors are more important than others.
Also, not having a risk factor does not mean that an individual will not get the condition. It is always important to discuss the effect of risk factors with your healthcare provider.
Hunting Reaction may be described as a skin condition occurring due to prolonged exposure to non-freezing cold air or water.
It has been observed that rarely such a response occurs not only due to exposure to low temperatures, but also on exposure to changes in pressure. Many consider this to be an exaggerated response of the body to cold, or in rare cases, to pressure.
The signs and symptoms of Hunting Reaction may include:
Hunting Reaction may be diagnosed using the following tests and exams:
In many cases, no skin biopsy is necessary and the condition may be diagnosed via the presenting symptoms by a healthcare provider.
Many clinical conditions may have similar signs and symptoms. Your healthcare provider may perform additional tests to rule out other clinical conditions to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
In a majority of individuals, no significant complications due to Hunting Reaction are noted. However, in some cases, the following complications are observed:
In many individuals, no treatment is necessary for Hunting Reaction, since the condition gets better spontaneously. If required, the following measures may be considered:
Avoiding exposure to cold weather and cold temperatures can help prevent Hunting Reaction. Additionally, the following steps may be taken to prevent the condition:
The prognosis of Hunting Reaction is typically excellent, since it is a self-limiting condition with no severe symptoms or complications being noted.
Cold panniculitis (CP) is an acute condition resulting in the inflammation of subcutaneous fat tissue just beneath the skin, on exposure to cold temperatures. The term ‘panniculitis’ indicates an inflammation of fat (adipose) tissue.
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