Assessment of severity and quality of life in chronic urticaria

Ignacio Jáuregui Presa, F. J. Ortiz de Frutos, M. Ferrer, A. Giménez-Arnau, J. Sastre, J. Bartra, M. Labrador, J. F. Silvestre, A. Valero

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    Chronic urticaria (CU) is very prevalent in the general population and, despite its low mortality, can have devastating effects on the quality of life (QoL) of those who experience it. Therefore, consensus documents on its classification, diagnosis, and treatment have become a necessity. The intensity of urticaria is currently evaluated using indices such as the Urticaria Activity Score and visual analog scales to assess itch or the degree of itch associated with the use of antihistamines. QoL is evaluated using various generic questionnaires and specific tools for skin disease and for CU. In recent years, attempts have been made to combine these evaluations to create a specific tool that would enable us to simultaneously evaluate the severity of the condition and the impact of symptoms on QoL. One such tool is the Urticaria Severity Score, which also allows us to compare global changes brought about by different treatments. © 2014 Esmon Publicidad.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-86
    JournalJournal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


    • Chronic urticaria
    • Chronic Urticaria Quality of Life Questionnaire (CU-Q2oL)
    • Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)
    • Itch Intensity Scale
    • Medical Outcome Study 36-Item Sort Form Health Survey (SF-36)
    • Nottingham Health Profile (NHP)
    • Satisfaction Profile (SAT-P)
    • Skindex-29
    • Urticaria Activity Score (UAS)
    • Urticaria Severity Score (USS)
    • Visual analog scale (VAS)
    • VQ-Dermato
    • Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI)
    • World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment-Brief (WHOQOL-BREF)


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