Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Hives Evaluation

The evaluation of urticaria begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with urticaria may include:

  • Rash:
    • Pink, slightly raised patches
    • Hives or welts

Examples of urticaria:

Physical findings in someone with severe urticaria may include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate urticaria include:

For more information:

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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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