Urticaria history and symptoms

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] ; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Anahita Deylamsalehi, M.D.[2]


Acute urticaria usually appears few minutes after contact with the allergens and can lasts from few hours to several weeks. On the other hand, chronic urticaria refers to hives that persists for at least 6 weeks. Both of them are often presented with the same symptoms. Appearance of wheals could be spontaneous or occurs after ingesting certain foods, contact with the allergens, exercise, medication use and pressure that have been applied on the skin based on urticaria subtype. Skin involvement in the form of wheals and pruritus are the common symptoms of urticaria. Less common symptoms of urticaria are dizziness, nausea, headache and burning sensation.

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Common Symptoms

Common symptoms of urticaria include:[2][4][5]

Less Common Symptoms

Less common symptoms of urticaria include:[2]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Zuberbier T (2003). "Urticaria". Allergy. 58 (12): 1224–34. doi:10.1046/j.1398-9995.2003.00327.x. PMID 14616095.
  3. Shelley WB, Shelley ED (1985). "Adrenergic urticaria: a new form of stress-induced hives". Lancet. 2 (8463): 1031–3. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(85)90905-5. PMID 2865515.
  4. Jafilan L, James C (2015). "Urticaria and Allergy-Mediated Conditions". Prim Care. 42 (4): 473–83. doi:10.1016/j.pop.2015.08.002. PMID 26612369.
  5. Spickett G (2014). "Urticaria and angioedema". J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 44 (1): 50–4. doi:10.4997/JRCPE.2014.112. PMID 24995449.

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