What is Urticaria

Urticaria (also known as hives) is a disease characterized by the sudden development of itchy pale red bumps (wheals, hives) on the skin. Wheals may present in variable sizes and shapes and have a fleeting nature, with the skin returning to its normal appearance in around 24 hours. These wheals may appear in certain parts of the body, or they may be generalized. Hives are often accompanied by swelling known as angioedema.

Symptoms of Urticaria include:

When to see a doctor:

See your healthcare provider if you have severe hives or hives that last for more than a few days.

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All Things Urticaria Podcast

The All Things Urticaria podcast was launched in 2020 as a collaboration between Medthority and GA2LEN.

The host, Prof. Marcus Maurer, Professor of Dermatology and Allergy at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is joined by his friends and colleagues to discuss research, studies, education, and to promote awareness of urticaria.

Please find below a list of episodes that are of particular interest to patients or the general public.

Episode 18
The Patient Voice
Episode 48
Patient advocacy and seeing through the patient’s eyes
Episode 71
The patient perspective

Urticaria and Daily Life

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