Today, Saturday 1st October 2016, marks the third World Urticaria Day. This annual day of awareness aims to support people affected by urticaria, a debilitating skin condition impacting approximately 15% of the population at some time in their lives.1
Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) can strike at any time. Everyday life can become frustrating and challenging – from maintaining relationships to being effective at work. In fact, nearly one quarter of people miss work at least once a month due to their condition, and 56% say they do not have control over their symptoms.1 In the UK, between 318,000 and 630,000 people are affected by CSU 1,2,3 that’s approximately the population of Manchester (503,172).1
Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria is common. It is an extremely distressing skin condition that causes red/swollen, itchy and sometimes painful wheals on the skin, this can look like hives. Wheals may occur daily and if this spontaneous skin condition continues for more than 6 weeks then this is a chronic condition, which in some cases may persist for many years. We receive many calls to the Allergy UK Helpline from distressed people with these symptoms, who have their quality of life severely impaired from lack of sleep and the effects of CSU.
Dr. Alexander Marsland, Consultant Dermatologist and Urticaria Specialist at the Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester says
Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria is not an allergy, but help is at hand more than ever for people suffering from this debilitating skin condition.
This year the theme of World Urticaria Day is ‘Never give up’. You can support people affected by urticaria by joining the social conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #urticariaday2016.