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Spontaneous Urticaria Symptoms
Often known as nettle rash, hives, weals or welts, they can appear in any part of the body, at any age.
Commonly they show up on the:
They are itchy and start tiny (often a few millimeters) but can grow bigger and coalesce (mix together).
Usually, they disappear spontaneously between 1 and 24 hours, without needing medication.
Spontaneous Urticaria Diagnosis
As with Spontaneous Angioedema, often we do not find a cause.
Still, it would be helpful to do some investigations:
They can be divided into two different kinds:
The important thing to know, is that if it is Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria, it is not related to Allergy or Allergic reactions.
Spontaneous Urticaria Treatment
Most forms of Urticaria tend to self-resolve in one to two years. With some cases lasting up to five years.
Currently, unless we find a cause that can be treated, the medication aims to control symptoms and improve quality of life.
Most commonly, we use antihistamines, with frequency and dose tailored to each child and their symptoms.
In some cases other medication, like Omalizumab, might be needed.