Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 47–51

Urticaria and quality of life

Authors

    • Hôpital Ste MargueriteUniversité de la Méditerranée et Service de Dermatologie
  • Caroline Gaudy-Marqueste
    • Hôpital Ste MargueriteUniversité de la Méditerranée et Service de Dermatologie
Article

DOI: 10.1385/CRIAI:30:1:047

Cite this article as:
Grob, J. & Gaudy-Marqueste, C. Clinic Rev Allerg Immunol (2006) 30: 47. doi:10.1385/CRIAI:30:1:047

Abstract

The common perspective of physicians on chronic urticaria (CU) refers to a benign disorder with no pain and no threat to function or life. Heath-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) tools have demonstrated the extent to which physicians underestimate the impact of this disorder. From the patient perspective, CU affects as many dimensions of the HRQOL as some life-threatening diseases or well-recognized disabling chronic skin disorders, such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis. Pruritus as well as swelling and wheals triggered by unavoidable events, such as pressure or sweating, greatly contribute to HRQOL impairment. Recent trials have suggested that dermatology-specific HRQOL instruments could be more relevant than more objective severity scores when studying and comparing the benefit of various therapeutic strategies in chronic idiopathic urticaria.

Index Entries

Urticariaangioedemaquality of lifeseveritytherapeutic trialsantihistamines

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