Acute urticaria is transient and does not last more than 6 weeks. When hives last more than 6 weeks, it is called chronic hives or chronic urticaria. Chronic urticaria can be very debilitating and significantly affect your quality of life. To date, only a small percentage of chronic hives associate with certain systemic diseases that your physician need to look at. The majority of chronic hives cases are idiopathic, of which, about 20-50% has evidence of autoantibodies that can be detected by lab test. Chronic urticaria with positive autoimmune antibodies are called autoimmune urticaria. The goal of treatment of hives is not to use glucocorticosteroids or commonly known as steroids. Steroids are not the long-term treatment for chronic urticaria since its prolonged use carries significant side effects. There are several layers of steroid-sparing medications that can be used to manage chronic hives.
Chronic urticaria clinic offers most up-to-date, state-of-the-art expertise and standardized approach in diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from chronic urticaria. If you have or suspect to have chronic urticaria, please come for a discussion to see how we would help with our expertise in the field.
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