Book Appointment Online Close
   
I am a new patient

I am an existing patient
Tell a Friend
captcha

 
x
 
 

Urticaria & Angioedema

Urticaria:

Urticaria, also known as “hives” or “welts,” is a fleeting, itchy, red, raised rash with a mosquito bite like appearance. 

Causes of or associations to urticaria include:

  • Allergy (food, medication, insect sting, latex, other)
  • Medications via a Non-Allergenic Mechanism
  • Infection
  • Physical Stimuli (pressure, exercise, cold, heat, vibration, solar and others)
  • Hormonal
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmunity

If urticaria persists for > 6 weeks, it is considered chronic.  In such cases, allergic causes including food allergy are unlikely.  Frequently, no cause is found in cases of chronic urticaria, prompting a diagnosis of idiopathic urticaria (arises spontaneously without known cause).  It is speculated that in some patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, underlying autoimmunity and formation/binding of antibodies to allergy cell receptors and allergy antibodies result in the development of urticaria.

Allergists are considered the experts in urticaria and diagnose this condition by history and exam.

The goals of treatment are to prevent itching and the development rash.

Treatment varies depending on the cause(s), but commonly includes the use of anti-histamines.

By visiting an Allergist, you too can take control of your urticaria and improve your quality of life.

Angioedema:

Angioedema is similar to urticaria, but is characterized by swelling in the lower dermal layer of skin.   

Common locations of angioedema include:

  • Eyelids
  • Lip
  • Tongue
  • Throat
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Genitals

Causes of angioedema include:

  • Allergy (food, medication, insect sting, latex, other)
  • Medication
  • Hereditary
  • Acquired
  • Eosinophilic
  • Idiopathic

In both allergic and idiopathic angioedema, a fraction of individuals will experience concomitant urticaria.

Allergists are the experts in angioedema and diagnose this condition by history, exam and tests.

Treatment options are varied and depend on the cause.

By visiting an Allergist, you too can take control of your angioedema and improve your quality of life.

Breathe Easier. Enjoy Nature. Enjoy Colorado.™