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by Hellwig J

(Angioedema; Urticaria)

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and do a physical exam. You may need to see a doctor who specializes in skin disorders (dermatologist) or allergies (allergist). The following tests will be done:
  • Skin prick test —a tiny bit of an allergen is placed in your skin with a needle to see if the area becomes raised or irritated
  • Skin biopsy —a small portion of abnormal skin is removed
  • X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, especially bones
  • Blood tests
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
http://www.aaaai.org/

American Academy of Dermatology
http://www.aad.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Dermatology Association
http://www.dermatology.ca/

Dermatologists.ca
http://www.dermatologists.ca/

 

References


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DynaMed Editors. Urticaria/angioedema. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated June 2008. Accessed July 7, 2008.


Gambichler T, Breuckmann F, Boms S, Altmeyer P, Kreuter A. Narrowband UVB phototherapy in skin conditions beyond psoriasis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005;52:660-670. Review.


Guldbakke KK, Khachemoune A. Etiology, classification, and treatment of urticaria. Cutis. 2007;79:41-49. Review.


Habif TP. Clinical Dermatology. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 2004.


Kaplan Allen P.Chronic urticaria: pathogenesis and treatment. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2004; 114(3): 465-474.


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .


Skin biopsy. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/ . Updated October 2007. Accessed June 17, 2008.


Tips to remember: allergic skin conditions. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology website. Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/allergicskinconditions.stm . Accessed July 7, 2008.


Urticaria—hives. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/skin%5Furticaria.html . Updated June 2008. Accessed July 7, 2008.

 

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