Urticaria is characterized by the appearance of wheals (hives) and/or angioedema.
The intensity of the pruritus varies but may be severe enough to disrupt sleep, work or school.
It is classified acute if the urticaria has been present for ≤6 weeks and chronic if >6 weeks. It can be spontaneous (no definite triggering factor) or inducible (a specific definite triggering factor is identified).
It can be triggered by immunological or non-immunological mechanism.
In patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who remained symptomatic despite treatment, the monoclonal anti-immunoglobulin E antibody ligelizumab improved symptom control regardless of BHRA* status, as well as dermatology quality of life (QoL) regardless of angioedema status, findings from a phase IIb study have shown.
Cetirizine drip for treating acute urticaria is as effective as intravenous diphenhydramine, with the added benefits of less sedation, fewer adverse events, shorter treatment time, and lower rates of revisit to treatment centre, according to the results of a phase III study.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01 - 15 October 2019 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
The prevalence of allergic diseases in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to rise over the next 20 years, driven by rapid economic development and urbanization. Allergic diseases have high socioeconomic impact by impairing productivity and quality of life, and the impact may be greater in Asia-Pacific than in Europe due to the presence and predominance of perennial allergens.
Rupatadine effectively relieves pruritus in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria and is well tolerated without serious or clinically significant adverse effects, according to the results of a phase III trial.
Oral H1-antihistamines are the initial treatment of choice for allergic rhinitis (AR) and chronic urticaria in the primary care setting. However, in a diverse population of patients with AR and urticaria, primary care physicians are faced with the challenge of prescribing the best therapy amid a wide armamentarium of antihistamines available.
DCH Auriga recently held their first Aesthetics and Suturing Workshop under the IMPACT continuing medical education series – a scientific platform that aims to cascade the latest updates on disease management and share best clinical practices among healthcare professionals in Singapore. Two experts on aesthetics and aesthetic surgery shared their insights on suturing techniques and current approaches for scar prevention and management.