Chapter 2

Therapeutics in Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria

Alexei Gonzalez-Estrada and James Fernandez

Abstract

Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is defined as the presence of recurrent urticaria for more than 6 weeks. The exact etiology of CSU has not been elucidated. Multiple studies have shown that the screening with multitude of laboratory tests infrequently identifies a disease causing abnormality and rarely changes clinical management or outcomes. Management of patient with CSU may be challenging, as many require more than two anti-allergy medications that require close monitoring. Current published guidelines recommend a step-wise approach for the treatment of CSU, newer drugs such as omalizumab, a monoclonal anti-IgE antibody; have been successfully used to treat refractory disease. In this chapter, we will review the common therapeutic agents used in the management of CSU, their side effects, monitoring parameters and the level of evidence as described in the current literature.

Total Pages: 96-115 (20)

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