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Chronic spontaneous urticaria and its negative impact on quality of life

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Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is a fairly common skin condition affecting up to 0.5-1% of the population (point prevalence) (Maurer et al, 2011). The condition can be debilitating and significantly reduces quality of life (Powell et al, 2007). CSU is defined as persistent symptoms of urticaria for six weeks or more and is associated with autoimmunity in 45% of patients (Kaplan, 2012). Patients may present to a variety of community-based services on a number of occasions before getting a referral to a dermatologist or other specialist clinic for a diagnosis and an effective management plan. The aim of treatment is to control the patient's symptoms (to be symptom-free) and minimise the detrimental effects that undertreated CSU can have on quality of life. The new revised and updated guideline on urticaria by Zuberbier et al (2014) identifies the definition, classification, diagnosis and management of urticaria.
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Keywords: EDUCATION; GOOD SYMPTOM CONTROL; QUALITY OF LIFE; REFRACTORY PATIENTS; TIMELY REFERRAL

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: September 1, 2014

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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