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World Allergy Week 2017 (2-8 April) will focus on increasing awareness of chronic urticaria (hives and swelling) and the important role of the allergist in diagnosing and treating the disease.

Chronic urticaria is defined as episodic, or daily, hives lasting for at least six weeks and impairing quality of life. (Acute urticaria refers to hives lasting less than 6 weeks.) There is no cure for chronic urticaria. It affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it, and the suffering can last several years.

Many patients and the lay public are unaware of the multiple options available for treatment of chronic urticaria. Allergists have the professional education and experience with medications required to control urticaria and to teach patients about the condition. They can determine if the diagnosis is correct and whether there are other causes of chronic urticaria. During World Allergy Week 2017 experts will provide information to physicians and the general public about controlling urticaria with the aid of the allergist.

The prevalence of chronic urticaria on a worldwide basis has not been studied sufficiently yet. One of the goals of World Allergy Week 2017 is to draw attention to the need for more research on the global prevalence of chronic urticaria along with other unmet needs.

Please tell us what you plan to do for World Allergy Week 2017 by writing to To learn more about activities and resources, visit Visit the site often for updates.



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