Hives: The Road to Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria

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About the Author

Alan A. Wanderer, M.D. is a graduate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. His medical training included an internship at Bellevue Hospital-Columbia Internal Medical Division, pediatric residency at Cornell Medical School and fellowship in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology at National Jewish Center, Denver, Colorado. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He was on the faculty of National Jewish Center and is currently a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Allergy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Wanderer has authored numerous articles on allergy-clinical immunology subjects, particularly on the subject of urticaria (hives). Much of his research has concentrated on the mechanisms and therapy of a reproducible type of hives induced by cold, namely acquired cold urticaria. His collaboration with Dr. Hal Hoffman has led to the identification of the gene that is responsible for an inherited cold sensitivity disorder. He was lead author of recently published practice parameter guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of urticaria and angioedema that was sponsored by the Joint Task Force of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. His expertise in these medical conditions is recognized nationally and internationally.

Dr. Wanderer is a partner of the Allergy and Asthma Consultants of the Rockies, an allergy, asthma and clinical immunology practice located in Denver, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana

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What People Are Saying

David L. Goodman
For the first time, a practical guide to deciphering the myriad triggers of chronic hives, written for the patient who suffers from the frustrating and debilitating condition and for the primary care specialist whose task is to decipher the presenting clinical clues. Dr. Wanderer presents a straightforward, structured approach to diagnosis, logically arranged and presented in a highly understandable fashion.
M.D. Board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Allergy and Asthma Consultants of the Rockies, Denver, Colorado
Donna Whitman
The beauty of this book is the thorough, efficient way it allows the patient and provider to gather and organize an immense body of information. By creating a resource that crosses medical disciplines, Dr. Wanderer has provided an excellent, time-saving, on the spot reference in a reader friendly format, to manage the complexity of work-ups for hives and swelling.
PA-C Bozeman, Montana
Richard G. Asarch
If you had to choose one book that would give you an organized and comprehensive method to evaluate patients with the complicated problem of urticaria(hives), this should be your choice. Dr. Wanderer has created a workbook which will help standardize the work up of patients with this condition, saving time for both patients and physicians.
M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology Department of Dermatology University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972794800
  • Publisher: AnsonPublishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Workbook & Resource
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Section 1 For Patients and Healthcare Professionals 1
Introduction 3
Chapter 1
Learning About Hives and Swelling 7
Chapter 2
How to Be Sure Patients Are Experiencing Hives or Swelling 21
Section 2 Workbook for Patients 25
Chapter 3
Exercises to Help Confirm the Presence of Hives and Swelling 27
Chapter 4
History Questionnaire 39
Section 3 For Healthcare Professionals 57
Instructions for Use of Section Three 58
Chapter 5
Diagnostic Considerations 61
Chapter 6
General Treatment Recommendations 127
My Treatment Recommendations 138
Specific Treatment Recommendations 140
Chapter 7
Chronic Hives and Swelling Which Are Difficult to Diagnose and Treat 157
Appendix I Conditions That Masquerade As Hives and Swelling 163
Appendix II Diaries 171
Appendix III Record of Evaluation and Treatment 179
Glossary 185
References 193
Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008


    What a great book for chronic urticaria sufferers. This should be required reading in medical schools. Thank you dr. Wanderer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    A Gem, A Ray of Hope

    I once heard someone say that a person they didn¿t like brought them out in hives. Funny huh? But actually, the truth is that hives are far from funny and cause misery to many. Most people believe that hives is nothing more than an allergic rash which vanishes as quickly as it arrives but symptoms differ from person to person, they can last for hours, days, weeks, months and years. For some there are periods of remission but afterwards the hives return again. Because of the nature of the condition it is difficult to treat and doctors tend to prescribe medication that masks the visible symptoms. rather than trying to treat the underlying condition. This can lead to frustration and depression for the patient. This book is gem. It offers practical help and hope for a cure. Written by a doctor, who has also experienced hives, it is part textbook and part workbook which patients can work through. It encourages patient and doctor to work together and allows the patient an opportunity to have a proactive approach in their treatment. I could not recommend this book more highly. It is informative and accessible to all who should try to read it. Alan Wanderer has done a wonderful thing here by remembering that at the source of every medical complaint is a real person who wants to be well. Other doctors could learn much from this man. Thank you Alan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Every Doctor Should Have This Book

    Speaking as a sufferer of chronic urticaria for the last ten years, I cannot recommend this book too highly. Every doctor should have a copy to refer to, as chronic urticaria is difficult to diagnose and treat, and sufferers often end up going from doctor to doctor in a desperate attempt to get some relief from this miserable and frustrating condition. All the up to date information is here in one book, and it contains a unique workbook for the patient to complete and use, together with their doctor, to obtain some answers. Highly recommended and very welcome, nothing comparable available elsewhere. I wish this book had been available ten years ago when I first got CU - it is a valuable book for anyone with CU or their carers and doctors.

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