Urticaria (hives) - top articles in September 2014

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.

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