Parameters for the Treatment of Urticaria and Angioedema

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This month's CPG column reviews “The Diagnosis and Management of Urticaria: a Practice Parameter Part I: Acute Urticaria/Angioedema and Part II: Chronic Urticaria/Angioedema.” As many as 15%-24% of the U.S. population may experience at least one episode of urticaria and/or angioedema in their lifetime. Evaluation and treatment is dependent on whether the urticaria/angioedema is acute or chronic because they are fundamentally different disorders. Acute urticaria is frequently self-limited and usually caused by an allergic reaction to an identifiable agent. Chronic urticaria is usually due to an endogenous cause, one that is difficult to identify and to treat. Due to the magnitude, potential seriousness and chronicity of urticaria and angioedema, this CPG should be quite useful to nurse practitioners in a variety of settings.

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