Urticaria and angioedema

Sachin Baxi, Chitra Dinakar
Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America 2005, 25 (2): 353-67, vii
Urticaria and angioedema are commonly encountered complaints in children. Although the diagnosis is clear, establishing an etiology, especially with respect to chronic urticaria, can be challenging. A significant proportion of chronic urticarial cases are now considered to have an autoimmune etiology. This article reviews progress in the field of urticaria and angioedema including developments in pathogenesis, description of laboratory testing, and review of medications. Urticaria and angioedema can usually be controlled by avoidance of triggers, a variety of supportive medications, and reassurance.

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