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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 22 No. 2 Overview of chronic urticaria

9 June, 2016

Overview of chronic urticaria

  • Chronic urticaria (CU) is defined as the presence of wheals and/or angioedema intermittently or continuously for ≥ 6 weeks
  • CU affects up to 3% of the population and significantly reduces quality of life
  • Most patients with CU do not have an identifiable cause
  • Second generation antihistamines are recommended as first-line pharmacological treatment