Other Talks in the Series: Skin Biology

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Hi, my name is Lauren Fine. I'm an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Today, we're going to be talking about topic of Urticaria.
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At the conclusion of this activity, you should be able to do the following: One, define the current classification of urticaria. Next, understand the impact of urticaria on your patients' quality of life. Three, explain the pathophysiology of urticaria and proficiently recognize the symptoms associated with urticaria. You should be able to describe different conditions related to chronic urticaria populations. You should be able to also describe the appropriate treatment for chronic urticaria, according to the clinical guidelines and international standard. And lastly, you should be able to interpret the results of research on old and new, and emerging treatments for chronic urticaria to make appropriate and personalized treatment decisions based on the current evidence.
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I'd like you to take a look at these three photos and ask yourself if your patient came in with one of these rashes, would you recognize any of these as urticaria? Or would you wonder if any of these could be urticaria? And next, I like you to think about whether A, B, C, or more than one represents urticaria. In reality, the first is a photo of Bullous Pemphigoid. Bullous Pemphigoid, although it is a blistering skin condition, can present with an urticarial phase, where initially, the skin has an urticarial appearance prior to the presentation of the blistering. The second of photos does represent urticaria. So if you choose this, you're absolutely correct. And the last is a photo of urticarial vasculitis, which is a comic mimic of urticaria. We are going to go over some of the other conditions such is bullous pemphigoid and urticarial vasculitis later on in further detail.