Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles about urticaria published recently:
Prognosis of chronic urticaria, not controlled by antihistamine: improved rates at 1 year, 2 years, and 5 years were 37%, 51%, and 66%, respectively http://buff.ly/UkIQLN
Practical algorithm for diagnosing patients with recurrent wheals or angioedema (article beind paywall) http://buff.ly/10xUTUw
Omalizumab in chronic urticaria refractory to conventional therapy: 82% of patients exhibited significant response http://buff.ly/1e7ldMI
Patients with chronic urticaria often have elevated D-dimer, some may benefit from anticoagulant therapy http://buff.ly/1hgPBFV
Sulfasalazine effective in 84% of patients with antihistamine resistant chronic urticaria (monitor for AE) http://buff.ly/1h6CwAI
Eradication Therapy for Urticaria with High Titers of Anti H. pylori IgG Antibody http://buff.ly/19zioFY
A series on urticaria in Clinic of North America, Feb 2014:
2014 review of Pediatric Urticaria: Although not life-threatening, impact on quality of life should not be overlooked http://buff.ly/MkS4ai
Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria and Angioedema - World Allergy Organization Journal 2012 update http://buff.ly/YBis2W
Hives on direct contact with a chemical/protein is contact urticaria. It can be either nonimmunologic or immunologic http://buff.ly/1dIHnDM
Diagnostic Tests for Urticaria: labs and skin biopsy should be performed only if "necessity" of these examinations http://buff.ly/1dIHfUU
Urticaria: Impact on Quality of Life and Economic Cost http://buff.ly/MkXthE - Patients suffer disruption of many facets of their lives
Chronic urticaria in China: positive autologous serum skin tests (ASSTs) in 67%, prediicted more severe disease http://buff.ly/1ntYIGs
The vast majority of cases of recalcitrant urticaria are idiopathic. What to do? AAAAI Ask the Expert replies: http://buff.ly/NanVub
Chronic urticaria and coagulation. Will blood thinners help? http://buff.ly/1jSDm55 free review article
The maddening itch: an approach to chronic urticaria - J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is defined as the presence of urticaria with daily or almost daily symptoms for 6 weeks or more. CSU affects 0.1%-0.8% of the population. http://buff.ly/1rDwQ4P
The articles were selected from Twitter @Allergy and RSS subscriptions. Some of the top allergy accounts on Twitter contributed links. I appreciate the curation provided by @Aller_MD @IgECPD @DrAnneEllis @mrathkopf.
Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to AllergyGoAway AT gmail DOT com and you will receive an acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.
Chronic Urticaria Treatment Options in 6 Steps (click to enlarge the image).
Image source: Urticaria, Wikipedia, public domain.
Comments from Google Plus:
Gary Levin: Nice treatment algo, has come a long way since I started practicing in 1970
DrVes: Yes, Xolair is the biggest new development. It was approved for urticaria in 03/2014 and it works.