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Icy feeling in the chest - allergy?

12/14/2007

Question:

When I get local or general anesthesia, I get an icy cold feeling in my chest for several minutes like I downed a glass of ice water. I am 40 years old and have borderline HBP which I take a low dose of medication. Is this an allergy to anesthesia?

Answer:

I am afraid I've never encountered the reaction you describe so I cannot offer an explanation. It certainly doesn't sound like an allergic reaction.

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University