A new, free, mobile app is available for patients struggling with chronic hives. The Chronic Hives Patient App released by the American Academy of Dermatology offers resources and tools for chronic hives management. It can also help patients learn more about their condition, identify potential triggers, track their symptoms, and locate a doctor, as well as set reminders to keep track of medications and appointments. The hives app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Dermatologists treat patients with chronic hives, so we know how frustrating this condition can be, says board-certified dermatologist Mark Lebwohl, MD, FAAD, president of the academy. By launching an app designed specifically for these patients, we hope we can help them improve their quality of life.
Chronic hives - also known as chronic urticaria - is a skin condition characterized by raised, itchy welts lasting longer than six weeks. Hives are often triggered by an allergic reaction, and they may be associated with many other factors including infection, sun exposure and stress.
For some patients, chronic hives can come and go for months or years. Only 35 percent of patients are symptom-free within a year, and nearly 40 percent of patients whose hives last for six months still experience symptoms after 10 years.
App For Physicians Too
Coming soon is a Chronic Hives Clinical Care App for physicians as well. This mobile-friendly app is designed for use at the point of care. It will be used to assist dermatologists, allergists, immunologists and primary care providers with diagnosing and treating chronic hives.
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