Urticarial lesions are best described as raised, pruritic, circumscribed erythematous papules.
Single lesions may coalesce as they enlarge, forming generalized, raised, erythematous a...
Description of rash:
Lesions may not be present at time of exam due to transient nature.
Digital photos are often useful.
Duration of symptoms, acute versus chronic:
If acute (<6 weeks...
Watch for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis; this is the major complication.
Patients with chronic urticaria should follow up with their physicia...
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708.9 Urticaria, unspecified
708.0 Allergic urticaria
708.8 Other specified urticaria
708.1 Idiopathic urticaria
L50.9 Urticaria, unspecified
L50.0 Allergic urticaria
L50.6 Contact urticaria
Q: When should I refer patients to a specialist, and to what specialty should I send them?
A: Often, referral is made when a trigger cannot be identified, if it is felt to be a food or medication t...
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