Dec 1, 1975

Urticaria

The Journal of Family Practice
S P Stone

Abstract

Urticaria is a problem often as vexing to the physician as to the patient. The approach to the patient with hives first demands a search for the etiology, whether endogenous and triggered by emotions or occult systemic disease, exogenous and triggered by allergy to inhaled or ingested antigens, or physical and due to abnormal sensitivity to heat, cold, light, or pressure. Often a fruitless search, the diagnostic evaluation must be accompanied by appropriate symptomatic therapy requiring familiarity with the antihistamines and their relative advantages in the various forms of urticaria. Elimination diets are of diagnostic as well as therapeutic value: pencillin-free, yeast-free, and salicylate-free diets are particularly useful. Therapeutic trials of tetracycline, nystatin and griseofulvin may be helpful, while corticosteroids and specific desensitization are rarely of value.

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Tetracycline Antibiotics
Tetracyclines
Systemic Disease
Corticosteroids, topical for treatment of hemorrhoids and anal fissures
Salicylates
Etiology
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Antihistamines, Classical
Antigens
Griseofulvin

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