Intended for healthcare professionals

Managing urticaria

Urticaria is characterised by short-lived, itchy, and sometimes painful, swellings of the skin or mouth due to transient plasma leakage. There is a wide spectrum of clinical presentations. Superficial swellings are known as wheals, deeper swellings are called angioedema. Wheals and angioedema often occur together, although not necessarily at the same time.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(3): 6–10
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