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Urticaria is also known as ‘nettle rash’ or ‘hives’. This condition consists of wheals – spots or patches of raised red or white skin – each of which usually clears away in a few hours to be replaced by other fresh wheals. Urticaria is very common and affects one in five people at some point in their lives.
The more common type of urticaria rash (hives) lasts up to 24 hours, produces larger wheals and may not completely clear for several days. It sometimes occurs together with swelling of various parts of the body (angioedema) – typically the face, hands and feet, although anywhere may be affected.
Angioedema is another skin allergy and is the name given to deeper swelling affecting the skin over the arms, legs, torso or face. It may also affect the tongue, mouth, throat and sometimes the upper airway. These swellings commonly last for more than 24hrs, and usually there is no itching. It is not possible to identify an underlying cause for angioedema in the vast majority of cases.
Urticaria and angioedema often occur at different times or together in the same person. They occur in about 15 per cent of the population at some time or other in their lives, with women more commonly affected than men.
There are various treatment options available for CSU, with treatment designed to relieve the symptoms but unfortunately there is no cure. There are guidelines and treatment pathways to support the recommend treatments of CSU, and you can discuss with your healthcare professional the most effective treatment pathway to find a treatment that will enable you to enjoy a good quality of life and be symptom free.
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