How frequently are patients with acute urticaria (hives) seen in the emergency department (ED)?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Henry K Wong, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Acute urticaria is a common disorder that often prompts patients to seek treatment in the emergency department (ED). In fact, acute urticaria is the most common cutaneous disease treated in the ED. [69] Determining whether urticaria is part of an anaphylactic reaction is important. If an anaphylactic reaction occurs, the patient needs prompt treatment and careful monitoring

The management of urticaria in the ED is straightforward and typically is not altered by underlying etiology. The mainstay is avoidance of further exposure to the antigen and antihistamines.

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