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Since a considerable number of patients with urticaria only experience short lived symptoms and they may not seek any medical attention, it is difficult to determine the exact number of incidence and prevalence. However based on studies have been done, incidence of urticaria has been approximately 0.154% in one year and it's prevalence is approximately 12-23.5%. Patients of all age groups may develop urticaria, nevertheless 20-40 years old patients are the most frequent patients who develop urticaria. Females are more commonly affected by urticaria than males. The overall female to male ratio is approximately 2 to 1. Although delayed pressure urticaria is the exception and involves males more than females, with a male to female ratio of 2 to 1. There is no racial predilection to urticaria.

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  • In a prospective study in a rural area the incidence of urticaria has been approximately 0.154% in one year.[1]




  • There is no racial predilection to urticaria.



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