Q & A
Acute urticaria is a self-limited disease, which lasts 6 weeks at most.
Chronic urticaria, as the name suggests, is a chronic disease, but can be managed with drugs. Today, 50% of the chronic urticaria cases are known to resolve spontaneously within 6 months – which means that, even if left untreated, 50% of chronic urticaria cases disappear in up to 6 months.
Chronic types of urticaria are rarely serious enough to be life-threatening, but they cause a strong impact on patients’ quality of life.
Only acute urticaria can be allergic in origin; chronic urticaria is not an allergy. Substances most commonly causing allergies are food (crustaceans, tree nuts, peanuts), drugs (antibiotics), and contacting substances (latex).
Unless there is a clear relationship with a specific food, diet adjustments will not cause any effect on treatment. Chronic urticaria does not occur as a result of food allergies; therefore, any restrictions would be unnecessary.
There are some types of urticaria that may get worse with a specific artificial color named tartrazine yellow. A healthcare professional can
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Some types of urticaria can be triggered by, or have its symptoms worsened by stress.
Urticaria is not a contagious disease. There is no risk of transmitting it by contact with other people.
Both the acute and the chronic form of urticaria can suddenly develop at any age, from babies to elderly people. Chronic urticaria is known to more commonly affect mid-aged women.